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Babylon-Suite

Babylon-Suite

for large orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Order No.: LS 5654-01

Description

The Babylon-Suite is the concertante version of Widmann’s opera, which had a successful world première at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in 2012. Instead of dealing with god’s punishment, Widmann and the librettist Peter Sloterdijk put the focus in Babylon on the chaos and the suffering in a world that is out of joint and on the realization of cocky people about the need of order in a heterogenic society. The music reflects this social diversity. The Babylonian confusion is for Widmann the basic concept of his composition. A variety of musical contrasts, simultaneity and layering but also diversity and cuts give the piece its form. In contrast there is the number seven, which orders and controls the musical system.

"Today I would say the sound of this city is similar to the sound nowadays: the next to one another and one above the other of many different cultures, peoples and regions bears a wild and fascinating simultaneity of high and low pathetic and sacred sounds in a trivial sphere. You can hear a linguistic confusion in the music, which could only be heard in Babylon and which can be heard today. I don’t know that Babylon sounded so much different." (Jörg Widmann)

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Grafenegg Festival, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and St. David’s Hall the National Concert Hall of Wales
Performance duration: 30' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 21. August 2014 Grafenegg, Wolkenturm (A) Grafenegg Festival 2014 · Dirigent: Kent Nagano · Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich
Year of composition: 2014
instrumentation: 4 (alle auch Picc., 3. auch Altfl., 4. auch Bassfl.) · 4 (1. und 2. auch Lotosfl., 3. auch Engl. Hr., 4. auch Heckelphon) · 4 (alle auch A-Klar., 2. auch Es-Klar., 3. auch Bassklar., 4. auch Kb.-Klar.) · 4 (3. u. 4. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 4 (in C und B, 1. auch in hoch B) · 4 (3. u. 4. auch Basspos. od. Kb.-Pos.) · 1 - P. S. (I: Vibr. · Röhrengl. · Trgl. · 3 Beck. [h.,m.,t.] · Nietenbeck. · chin. Beck. · Buckelgongs [ES, E, G, A, B, H, d] · 3 Tamt. [h.,m.,t.] · 2 Bong. · kl. Tr. m. u. o. Schnarrsaiten · gr. Tr. · Waldteufel · Metal Chimes · Mar. · 5 Woodbl. [übereinander]; II: Glsp. · Crot. · Xyl. · 3 Beck. [h.,m.,t.] · Beckenpaar · chin. Beck. · Wassergong · 3 Tamt. · 2 Tamborims [sehr h., h., ohne Schellen] · Clav. · Peitsche · Flex. · Riq [arab. Schellentr.]; III: Crot. · Trgl. · 3 Beck. [h.,m.] · chin. Beck. · 2 Cup-Beck. [mittelhoch, hoch] · 2 Tamt [m., t.] · 2 Tamborims [sehr h./h., ohne Schellen] · 2 Bong. · 3 Tomt. · Timbales · gr. Tr. · gr. Tr. [mit aufgeschnalltem Becken] · Woodbl. [mh.] · Vibraslap · Rainmaker; IV: Glsp. · Xyl. · 2 Plattengl. [Cis, G] od. 2 Buckelgongs [Cis, G] · 3 hg. Bronzeplatten [mitteltief, tief, sehr tief] od. 2 Plattengl. [E, A, d] · Bk. [t.] · gr. Tr. · Flex. · Riq) (4 Spieler) - 2 Hfn. · Cel. · Akk. - Str. (14 · 12 · 10 · 8 · 8 [4 davon 5-Saiter])
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2020-02-29 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Greffen Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2020-02-28 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Greffen Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2020-02-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Greffen Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Maxim Alexeev
Orchestra: St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
2020-02-27 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Academic Philharmonia, Grand Hall — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Kungliga Filharmonikerna
2020-02-20 | Stockholm (Sweden), Konserthuset — 19:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Kungliga Filharmonikerna
2020-02-19 | Stockholm (Sweden), Konserthuset — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Baldur Brönnimann
Orchestra: Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
2019-10-19 | Porto (Portugal), Casa da Música — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2019-08-26 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2019-02-26 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2019-02-25 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden — 19:30
Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-02-16 | Paris (France), Maison de la radio Auditorium — 14.30
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-15 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-14 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2017-10-05 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2017-10-04 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 14:15
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2017-01-26 | Paris (France), Philharmonie — 20:30
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2017-01-25 | Paris (France), Philharmonie — 20:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Lothar Koenigs
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera
2016-05-01 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), St. David's Hall — 15:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2015-04-19 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 12:00 - Kulturradio-Kinderkonzert
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2015-04-18 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich
2014-08-21 | Grafenegg (Austria), Wolkenturm — 19:30 | World Premiere

The Babylon-Suite is the concertante version of Widmann’s opera, which had a successful world première at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich in 2012. Instead of dealing with god’s punishment, Widmann and the librettist Peter Sloterdijk put the focus in Babylon on the chaos and the suffering in a world that is out of joint and on the realization of cocky people about the need of order in a heterogenic society. The music reflects this social diversity. The Babylonian confusion is for Widmann the basic concept of his composition. A variety of musical contrasts, simultaneity and layering but also diversity and cuts give the piece its form. In contrast there is the number seven, which orders and controls the musical system.

"Today I would say the sound of this city is similar to the sound nowadays: the next to one another and one above the other of many different cultures, peoples and regions bears a wild and fascinating simultaneity of high and low pathetic and sacred sounds in a trivial sphere. You can hear a linguistic confusion in the music, which could only be heard in Babylon and which can be heard today. I don’t know that Babylon sounded so much different." (Jörg Widmann)

Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Grafenegg Festival, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam and St. David’s Hall the National Concert Hall of Wales
Performance duration: 30' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 21. August 2014 Grafenegg, Wolkenturm (A) Grafenegg Festival 2014 · Dirigent: Kent Nagano · Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich
Year of composition: 2014
instrumentation: 4 (alle auch Picc., 3. auch Altfl., 4. auch Bassfl.) · 4 (1. und 2. auch Lotosfl., 3. auch Engl. Hr., 4. auch Heckelphon) · 4 (alle auch A-Klar., 2. auch Es-Klar., 3. auch Bassklar., 4. auch Kb.-Klar.) · 4 (3. u. 4. auch Kfg.) - 4 · 4 (in C und B, 1. auch in hoch B) · 4 (3. u. 4. auch Basspos. od. Kb.-Pos.) · 1 - P. S. (I: Vibr. · Röhrengl. · Trgl. · 3 Beck. [h.,m.,t.] · Nietenbeck. · chin. Beck. · Buckelgongs [ES, E, G, A, B, H, d] · 3 Tamt. [h.,m.,t.] · 2 Bong. · kl. Tr. m. u. o. Schnarrsaiten · gr. Tr. · Waldteufel · Metal Chimes · Mar. · 5 Woodbl. [übereinander]; II: Glsp. · Crot. · Xyl. · 3 Beck. [h.,m.,t.] · Beckenpaar · chin. Beck. · Wassergong · 3 Tamt. · 2 Tamborims [sehr h., h., ohne Schellen] · Clav. · Peitsche · Flex. · Riq [arab. Schellentr.]; III: Crot. · Trgl. · 3 Beck. [h.,m.] · chin. Beck. · 2 Cup-Beck. [mittelhoch, hoch] · 2 Tamt [m., t.] · 2 Tamborims [sehr h./h., ohne Schellen] · 2 Bong. · 3 Tomt. · Timbales · gr. Tr. · gr. Tr. [mit aufgeschnalltem Becken] · Woodbl. [mh.] · Vibraslap · Rainmaker; IV: Glsp. · Xyl. · 2 Plattengl. [Cis, G] od. 2 Buckelgongs [Cis, G] · 3 hg. Bronzeplatten [mitteltief, tief, sehr tief] od. 2 Plattengl. [E, A, d] · Bk. [t.] · gr. Tr. · Flex. · Riq) (4 Spieler) - 2 Hfn. · Cel. · Akk. - Str. (14 · 12 · 10 · 8 · 8 [4 davon 5-Saiter])
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2020-02-29 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Greffen Hall — 20:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2020-02-28 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Greffen Hall — 14:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
2020-02-27 | New York, NY (United States of America), David Greffen Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Maxim Alexeev
Orchestra: St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra
2020-02-27 | St. Petersburg (Russia), Academic Philharmonia, Grand Hall — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Kungliga Filharmonikerna
2020-02-20 | Stockholm (Sweden), Konserthuset — 19:00
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Kungliga Filharmonikerna
2020-02-19 | Stockholm (Sweden), Konserthuset — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Baldur Brönnimann
Orchestra: Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto Casa da Música
2019-10-19 | Porto (Portugal), Casa da Música — 18:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2019-08-26 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2019-02-26 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin
2019-02-25 | Berlin (Germany), Staatsoper unter den Linden — 19:30
Conductor: Nicholas Collon
Orchestra: Orchestre National de France
2019-02-16 | Paris (France), Maison de la radio Auditorium — 14.30
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-16 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-15 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15
Conductor: Franz Welser-Möst
Orchestra: Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
2018-03-14 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 20:15 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2017-10-05 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 19:30
Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
2017-10-04 | Birmingham (United Kingdom), Symphony Hall — 14:15
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2017-01-26 | Paris (France), Philharmonie — 20:30
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
2017-01-25 | Paris (France), Philharmonie — 20:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Lothar Koenigs
Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera
2016-05-01 | Cardiff (United Kingdom), St. David's Hall — 15:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2015-04-19 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 12:00 - Kulturradio-Kinderkonzert
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2015-04-18 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Kent Nagano
Orchestra: Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich
2014-08-21 | Grafenegg (Austria), Wolkenturm — 19:30 | World Premiere