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World Premiere: “...momento...” by TONALi15 Winner Sebastian Bahr

The world premiere of Sebastian Bahr’s “...momento...” will be given at the opening concert of the TONALi Festival on 14 September 2015 at the Kulturkirche Altona in Hamburg. The work will first be performed by the cellist Benjamin Lai (finalist at the last TONALi Cello Competition). “...momento...” is the winning composition of the TONALi Competition in 2015.

On the next day, 15 September 2015, the first preliminary round of the instrumental competition will be held at Miralles Hall in Hamburg, at which this piece will be performed a total of twelve times by the stipend holders.

Sebastian Bahr comments on “...momento...” as follows:
“In the work ‘...momento...’ for violoncello, I have dedicated myself to the phenomenon of ‘time’, an aspect that has repeatedly occupied me in different ways in my compositional work. The initial experience was the return to Germany after a stay in Asia; this revealed something to me that I had always perceived – if more or less unconsciously. In this brief moment, somewhere at a Hamburg city train station on the way from the airport to the city, the impressions of the just-completed journey blended together with the impressions of Now. At once, the various temporalities of the different places and cultures were present at the same time, next to each other. The intention of the piece was to place these temporalities, bound to their respective environments, in relation to each other and to enter into an imaginary dialogue with them. The original impulse for this work finally led to the sonic arrangement of interlocking and blurring, thus to a local and temporal ‘in-between’. Its transitory quality, instability and constantly transformable way of viewing make their effect all the way into the structural level of the composition.”

The work will be published in autumn 2015 by Sikorski Music Publishers as a special printed edition SIK 8799 in the “exempla nova” series.

14 September 2015
Kulturkirche Altona, 8 PM
World premiere: Sebastian Bahr
“...momento...” for violoncello
Benjamin Lai (violoncello)

Copyright of the photo: Yongtae Lee


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