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Choral Quartet

Choral Quartet

Version for flute, oboe, bassoon, celesta (ad lib.) and string orchestra


  • Instrumentation: flute, oboe, bassoon, celesta (ad lib.) and string orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
Description
My 2nd string quartet is one single slow movement. The piece does not directly reflect Joseph Haydn's "Seven Last Words" but I would not have been able to write it without knowing that work. The movements in Haydn's quartets (except the final earthquake) are slow movements of shocking forcefulness. What makes the work even more unsettling for me is the relaxed and cheerful acceptance of death (the 'smile' of the A major pizzicato thirds!). When I made myself familiar with the subject matter of crucifixion I discovered that terms like 'walking' and 'the last walk' were most important to me. My piece starts at the final stage of this experience. It contains a number of lost sounds, phrases of futility which come from nowhere and lead to nowhere. The horrifying rubbing and sanding of skin and wood become the 'theme’ of the piece which is combined with tonal, choral-like melodies. I am interested in how to make noises no longer symbolize desolation and tonal phrases no longer represent confidence.

- Jörg Widmann
Details
Auftragswerk : Kompositionsauftrag der Kölner Philharmonie (KölnMusik) für das «non bthvn projekt» 2020, des Konzerthauses Dortmund, und der Carnegie Hall New York
Performance duration: 16'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2003, rev. 2019
Performances
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-03-02 | Köln (Germany)
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-31 | London (United Kingdom), Southbank Centre — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-29 | Hamburg (Germany), Elbphilharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-27 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-25 | Dortmund (Germany), Konzerthaus — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-15 | Valencia (Spain), Palau de la Música — 19:30
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-13 | Lissabon (Portugal), Palau de la Música — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-11 | Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Isles (Spain)), Auditorio de Tenerife — Canary Islands Music Festival - 20:00
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-10 | Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Isles (Spain)), Auditorio Alfredo Kraus — Canary Islands Music Festival - 20:00
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-08 | Pamplona (Spain), Fundación Baluarte, Sala Principal — 20:00 | World Premiere
My 2nd string quartet is one single slow movement. The piece does not directly reflect Joseph Haydn's "Seven Last Words" but I would not have been able to write it without knowing that work. The movements in Haydn's quartets (except the final earthquake) are slow movements of shocking forcefulness. What makes the work even more unsettling for me is the relaxed and cheerful acceptance of death (the 'smile' of the A major pizzicato thirds!). When I made myself familiar with the subject matter of crucifixion I discovered that terms like 'walking' and 'the last walk' were most important to me. My piece starts at the final stage of this experience. It contains a number of lost sounds, phrases of futility which come from nowhere and lead to nowhere. The horrifying rubbing and sanding of skin and wood become the 'theme’ of the piece which is combined with tonal, choral-like melodies. I am interested in how to make noises no longer symbolize desolation and tonal phrases no longer represent confidence.

- Jörg Widmann
Auftragswerk : Kompositionsauftrag der Kölner Philharmonie (KölnMusik) für das «non bthvn projekt» 2020, des Konzerthauses Dortmund, und der Carnegie Hall New York
Performance duration: 16'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2003, rev. 2019
Conductor: Daniel Harding
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-03-02 | Köln (Germany)
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-31 | London (United Kingdom), Southbank Centre — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-29 | Hamburg (Germany), Elbphilharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-27 | Salzburg (Austria), Stiftung Mozarteum — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-25 | Dortmund (Germany), Konzerthaus — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-15 | Valencia (Spain), Palau de la Música — 19:30
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-13 | Lissabon (Portugal), Palau de la Música — 20:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-11 | Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Isles (Spain)), Auditorio de Tenerife — Canary Islands Music Festival - 20:00
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-10 | Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Isles (Spain)), Auditorio Alfredo Kraus — Canary Islands Music Festival - 20:00
Conductor: Mitsuko Uchida
Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra
2020-01-08 | Pamplona (Spain), Fundación Baluarte, Sala Principal — 20:00 | World Premiere