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Seven

Seven

(Memorial for the Columbia Astronauts)

for violin and orchestra


  • Instrumentation: violin and orchestra
  • Edition: performance material
  • Order No.: LS 5144-01

Description

The Columbia disaster on 1 February 2003 was a dramatic incident which moved me very deeply. Especially the television image of an empty astronaut's helmet which had been found intact in a field among numerous pieces of debris symbolized to me the tragedy of this disaster that claimed the lives of seven people shortly before the return of the space shuttle to Earth.

For a long time, I had thought of writing a violin concerto. Against the background of the tragic events concerning the 28th Space Shuttle Mission, I took up this idea again; the violin concerto as a musical dialogue between soloist and orchestra seemed to me particularly suited to lend musical shape to the memory of the killed astronauts.

Each of the seven astronauts has been given a personal dedication cadence. Even the representation of their characters is reflected in the composition, for example by reminiscences of the musical cultures of Kalpana Chawla, the India-born American female astronaut, and of Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space.

The number 7 determines the musical and rhythmic structure of the work, describing at the same time the basic principle of the composition: 49 musicians are divided into 7 groups, apart from the solo violin there are 6 further violins arranged in the hall. They are like seven satellites or souls sounding and hovering in space.

The violin concerto Seven is a very personal monologue and the musical expression of my sympathy towards the seven astronauts who lost their lives while exploring space in fulfilment of a fundamental dream of mankind.

Peter Eötvös

Details
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk der Lucerne Festival Academy und des NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo
Content text: Part I (Cadenza with Accompaniment: first cadenza [for Husband and McCool] · second cadenza [for Anderson] · third cadenza [for Clarc and Brown] · fourth cadenza [for Chawla and Ramon])
Part II
Performance duration: 21' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 6. September 2007 Luzern, Konzertsaal (CH) Lucerne Festival 2007 · Akiko Suwanai, Violine · Dirigent: Pierre Boulez · Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
Year of composition: 2006 (2007)
instrumentation: 3 (1. auch Altfl., 2./3. auch Picc.) · 3 · 3 · Bassklar. · Altsax. (auch Baritonsax.) · 3 - 2 · 2 · 2 · 1 – S. (I: Crot. · Gongs · Röhren [Amboss] · Röhrengl. · Nietenbeck. · chin. Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Tamt. · Trgl. · Sprungfeder; II: Vibr. · Gongs · Glsp. · Röhrengl. · Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Tamt. · Crot. · Sistrum · Sprungfeder; III: Vibr. · Gongs · Glsp. · Röhrengl. · Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Crot. · Röhren [Amboss] · Glsp. · Sprungfeder; IV: Crot. · Gongs · Röhrengl. · Nietenbeck. · chin. Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Tamt. · Sistrum · Röhren [Amboss] · Trgl. · Sprungfeder) (4 Spieler) - E-Git. · Hfe. · Keyboard-Sampler* - Str. (6 · 0 · 5 · 5 · 4)
* Für alle technischen Anweisungen wenden Sie sich bitte an www.eotvospeter.com / For technical instructions please contact www.eotvospeter.com
Delivery rights: worldwide
Performances
Conductor: Clemens Heil
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
2021-09-12 | Basel (Switzerland), Stadtcasino
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies; Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Filharmonie Brno Philharmonic
2019-10-16 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besední dům — 19:00
Conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
2019-03-02 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Severance Hall
Conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
2019-02-28 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Severance Hall
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
2018-11-27 | Dresden (Germany), Kulturpalast — 20:00
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-06-10 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 18:00
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-06-06 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-06-05 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2016-02-23 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2016-02-22 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2016-02-21 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 10:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2014-02-08 | München (Germany), Herkulessaal der Residenz — 20:00
Conductor: Zsolt Hamar
Orchestra: Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden
2013-06-19 | Wiesbaden (Germany), Kurhaus — 20:00
Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: YLE Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
2013-03-27 | Helsinki (Finland), Music Centre, Concert Hall — 19:00
Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2013-03-22 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: hr-Sinfonieorchester
2012-06-29 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), hr-Sendesaal — 20.00 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
2012-03-01 | Toronto (Canada), Roy Thomson Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2011-05-03 | Roma (Italy), Auditorium Parco della Musica
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2011-05-02 | Roma (Italy), Auditorium Parco della Musica
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2011-04-30 | Roma (Italy), Auditorium Parco della Musica | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2011-03-04 | Wien (Austria), Musikverein | national Premiere
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2011-01-22 | Saint Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2011-01-21 | Saint Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2009-11-13 | Paris (France), Maison de Radio France, Salle Olivier Messiaen
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orquesta Nacional de España
2009-11-01 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orquesta Nacional de España
2009-10-31 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orquesta Nacional de España
2009-10-30 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música | national Premiere
Conductor: Mark Foster
Orchestra: Orchestre de Caen
2009-03-20 | Caen (France), Grand Auditorium — 20.00 h - Peter Eötvös - compositeur invité | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: NHK Symphony Orchestra
2008-09-20 | Tokyo (Japan), NHK Hall — 15.00 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: NHK Symphony Orchestra
2008-09-19 | Tokyo (Japan), NHK Hall — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Alexander Briger
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2008-09-06 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20.00 Uhr | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2008-09-03 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthus — 19.30 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2008-08-27 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2008-03-30 | Budapest (Hungary), Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2008-03-27 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthus — 19.30 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2007-09-21 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthus — 18.00 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2007-09-20 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthus — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
2007-09-06 | Luzern (Switzerland), Konzertsaal — 19.30 Uhr - Peter Eötvös - composer in residence | World Premiere
Audio Stream

The Columbia disaster on 1 February 2003 was a dramatic incident which moved me very deeply. Especially the television image of an empty astronaut's helmet which had been found intact in a field among numerous pieces of debris symbolized to me the tragedy of this disaster that claimed the lives of seven people shortly before the return of the space shuttle to Earth.

For a long time, I had thought of writing a violin concerto. Against the background of the tragic events concerning the 28th Space Shuttle Mission, I took up this idea again; the violin concerto as a musical dialogue between soloist and orchestra seemed to me particularly suited to lend musical shape to the memory of the killed astronauts.

Each of the seven astronauts has been given a personal dedication cadence. Even the representation of their characters is reflected in the composition, for example by reminiscences of the musical cultures of Kalpana Chawla, the India-born American female astronaut, and of Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space.

The number 7 determines the musical and rhythmic structure of the work, describing at the same time the basic principle of the composition: 49 musicians are divided into 7 groups, apart from the solo violin there are 6 further violins arranged in the hall. They are like seven satellites or souls sounding and hovering in space.

The violin concerto Seven is a very personal monologue and the musical expression of my sympathy towards the seven astronauts who lost their lives while exploring space in fulfilment of a fundamental dream of mankind.

Peter Eötvös

Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk der Lucerne Festival Academy und des NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo
Content text: Part I (Cadenza with Accompaniment: first cadenza [for Husband and McCool] · second cadenza [for Anderson] · third cadenza [for Clarc and Brown] · fourth cadenza [for Chawla and Ramon])
Part II
Performance duration: 21' 0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 6. September 2007 Luzern, Konzertsaal (CH) Lucerne Festival 2007 · Akiko Suwanai, Violine · Dirigent: Pierre Boulez · Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
Year of composition: 2006 (2007)
instrumentation: 3 (1. auch Altfl., 2./3. auch Picc.) · 3 · 3 · Bassklar. · Altsax. (auch Baritonsax.) · 3 - 2 · 2 · 2 · 1 – S. (I: Crot. · Gongs · Röhren [Amboss] · Röhrengl. · Nietenbeck. · chin. Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Tamt. · Trgl. · Sprungfeder; II: Vibr. · Gongs · Glsp. · Röhrengl. · Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Tamt. · Crot. · Sistrum · Sprungfeder; III: Vibr. · Gongs · Glsp. · Röhrengl. · Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Crot. · Röhren [Amboss] · Glsp. · Sprungfeder; IV: Crot. · Gongs · Röhrengl. · Nietenbeck. · chin. Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Tamt. · Sistrum · Röhren [Amboss] · Trgl. · Sprungfeder) (4 Spieler) - E-Git. · Hfe. · Keyboard-Sampler* - Str. (6 · 0 · 5 · 5 · 4)
* Für alle technischen Anweisungen wenden Sie sich bitte an www.eotvospeter.com / For technical instructions please contact www.eotvospeter.com
Delivery rights: worldwide
Conductor: Clemens Heil
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Basel
2021-09-12 | Basel (Switzerland), Stadtcasino
Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies; Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Filharmonie Brno Philharmonic
2019-10-16 | Brno (Czech Republic), Besední dům — 19:00
Conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
2019-03-02 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Severance Hall
Conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra
2019-02-28 | Cleveland, OH (United States of America), Severance Hall
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
2018-11-27 | Dresden (Germany), Kulturpalast — 20:00
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-06-10 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 18:00
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-06-06 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: Golo Berg
Orchestra: Sinfonieorchester Münster
2018-06-05 | Münster (Germany), Theater — 19:30
Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2016-02-23 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2016-02-22 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
2016-02-21 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 10:00
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
2014-02-08 | München (Germany), Herkulessaal der Residenz — 20:00
Conductor: Zsolt Hamar
Orchestra: Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden
2013-06-19 | Wiesbaden (Germany), Kurhaus — 20:00
Conductor: François-Xavier Roth
Orchestra: YLE Radion sinfoniaorkesteri (Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra)
2013-03-27 | Helsinki (Finland), Music Centre, Concert Hall — 19:00
Conductor: Pablo Heras-Casado
Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
2013-03-22 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: hr-Sinfonieorchester
2012-06-29 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), hr-Sendesaal — 20.00 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
2012-03-01 | Toronto (Canada), Roy Thomson Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2011-05-03 | Roma (Italy), Auditorium Parco della Musica
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2011-05-02 | Roma (Italy), Auditorium Parco della Musica
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
2011-04-30 | Roma (Italy), Auditorium Parco della Musica | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien
2011-03-04 | Wien (Austria), Musikverein | national Premiere
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2011-01-22 | Saint Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall
Conductor: David Robertson
Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
2011-01-21 | Saint Louis, MO (United States of America), Powell Symphony Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
2009-11-13 | Paris (France), Maison de Radio France, Salle Olivier Messiaen
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orquesta Nacional de España
2009-11-01 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orquesta Nacional de España
2009-10-31 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Orquesta Nacional de España
2009-10-30 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música | national Premiere
Conductor: Mark Foster
Orchestra: Orchestre de Caen
2009-03-20 | Caen (France), Grand Auditorium — 20.00 h - Peter Eötvös - compositeur invité | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: NHK Symphony Orchestra
2008-09-20 | Tokyo (Japan), NHK Hall — 15.00 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: NHK Symphony Orchestra
2008-09-19 | Tokyo (Japan), NHK Hall — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Alexander Briger
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2008-09-06 | Berlin (Germany), Philharmonie — 20.00 Uhr | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2008-09-03 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthus — 19.30 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
2008-08-27 | London (United Kingdom), Royal Albert Hall — 19.00 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2008-03-30 | Budapest (Hungary), Palace of Arts, Béla Bartók National Concert Hall — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2008-03-27 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthus — 19.30 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2007-09-21 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthus — 18.00 h
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestra: Göteborgs Symfoniker
2007-09-20 | Göteborg (Sweden), Konserthus — 19.30 h | national Premiere
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
2007-09-06 | Luzern (Switzerland), Konzertsaal — 19.30 Uhr - Peter Eötvös - composer in residence | World Premiere
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