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Reading Malevich

Reading Malevich

for orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

Description
The task I set myself for Reading Malevich was to transform an image, an optical event, into music. I selected the painting Suprematismus No. 56 by Kazimir Malevich as my starting point. Malevich uses the term suprematism to describe his purely abstract series of paintings, which began with his radical work Black Square (1915).

My work is in two parts: Horizontal and Vertical. This is a reference to the observer’s line of sight and reading direction. Within these two principal parts, individual sections refer to recognisable forms in Malevich’s painting: The Brown Rectangle, The Pale Yellow Shadow Before The Red Rectangle, etc. In certain passages, these forms represented by the orchestral tutti are inscribed with corresponding details from the painting. Peter Eötvös
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Roche as part of ROCHE COMMISSIONS for LUCERNE FESTIVAL. World premiere in Lucerne on September 1, 2018 by the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY conducted by Matthias Pintscher as part of LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Summer-Festival 2018."
Content text: First Part · Horizontal
Second Part · Vertical
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2017-2018
instrumentation: 3 (1. und 2. auch Picc., 3. auch Picc. und Altfl.) · 3 (3. auch Engl. Hr.) · 3 (3. auch Bassklar.) · Tenorsax. · Baritonsax. · 3 (3. auch Kfg.) − 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 − S. (I: Pedal-Glsp. · Crot. · 4 Gongs · Tamt. [Wuhan, 80 cm] · Tamb. [nur Schellen] · Metal Chimes; II: Vibr. · chin. Beck. · 3 Gongs · kl. Tr. · Steel drum; III: Marimba · 2 Gongs · Chin. Beck. · 2 Mar.; IV: Xyl. · Trgl. · Tamt. [Wuhan, 100 cm] · gr. Tr. (4 Spieler) − Hfe. (verstärkt) · Cel. (verstärkt) · Cimb. (verstärkt) · Hammondorg. (Digital mit Leslie-Cabinet, z.B. Typ: nordC2D) · E-Git. (auch mit E-Bow, verstärkt) · Bass-Git. (auch mit E-Bow, verstärkt) − Str. (14 · 14 · 10 · 8 · 6)
Performances
Orchestra: Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
2020-02-21 | Budapest (Hungary), MÜPA — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
2018-09-12 | Hamburg (Germany), Elbphilharmonie | national Premiere
Conductor: Matthias Pintscher
Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
2018-09-01 | Luzern (Switzerland), KKL, Konzertsaal — 18:30 | World Premiere
The task I set myself for Reading Malevich was to transform an image, an optical event, into music. I selected the painting Suprematismus No. 56 by Kazimir Malevich as my starting point. Malevich uses the term suprematism to describe his purely abstract series of paintings, which began with his radical work Black Square (1915).

My work is in two parts: Horizontal and Vertical. This is a reference to the observer’s line of sight and reading direction. Within these two principal parts, individual sections refer to recognisable forms in Malevich’s painting: The Brown Rectangle, The Pale Yellow Shadow Before The Red Rectangle, etc. In certain passages, these forms represented by the orchestral tutti are inscribed with corresponding details from the painting. Peter Eötvös
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Roche as part of ROCHE COMMISSIONS for LUCERNE FESTIVAL. World premiere in Lucerne on September 1, 2018 by the Orchestra of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ACADEMY conducted by Matthias Pintscher as part of LUCERNE FESTIVAL, Summer-Festival 2018."
Content text: First Part · Horizontal
Second Part · Vertical
Performance duration: 20'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Year of composition: 2017-2018
instrumentation: 3 (1. und 2. auch Picc., 3. auch Picc. und Altfl.) · 3 (3. auch Engl. Hr.) · 3 (3. auch Bassklar.) · Tenorsax. · Baritonsax. · 3 (3. auch Kfg.) − 4 · 3 · 3 · 1 − S. (I: Pedal-Glsp. · Crot. · 4 Gongs · Tamt. [Wuhan, 80 cm] · Tamb. [nur Schellen] · Metal Chimes; II: Vibr. · chin. Beck. · 3 Gongs · kl. Tr. · Steel drum; III: Marimba · 2 Gongs · Chin. Beck. · 2 Mar.; IV: Xyl. · Trgl. · Tamt. [Wuhan, 100 cm] · gr. Tr. (4 Spieler) − Hfe. (verstärkt) · Cel. (verstärkt) · Cimb. (verstärkt) · Hammondorg. (Digital mit Leslie-Cabinet, z.B. Typ: nordC2D) · E-Git. (auch mit E-Bow, verstärkt) · Bass-Git. (auch mit E-Bow, verstärkt) − Str. (14 · 14 · 10 · 8 · 6)
Orchestra: Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
2020-02-21 | Budapest (Hungary), MÜPA — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
2018-09-12 | Hamburg (Germany), Elbphilharmonie | national Premiere
Conductor: Matthias Pintscher
Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
2018-09-01 | Luzern (Switzerland), KKL, Konzertsaal — 18:30 | World Premiere