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Winter Songs Version II: Stones

Winter Songs Version II: Stones

for seven instrumentalists and three percussionists


  • Instrumentation: 7 instrumentalisten and 3 percussionists
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
Winter songs is comprised of an instrumental Septet of very low instruments. The piece has three versions each version can be played independentely: Winter songs version I: Pending light; Winter songs version II: Stones; Winter songs version III: Roots. In each of these versions the instrumental septet remain identical, with only minor temporal modifications.

In Winter songs I: Pending light, there is a recorded layer (of organic noises, stones, bowed ropes, rice or beans rain on papers etc), which is at first infused with the instrumental layer and then becomes an contrasting independent piece. The electronics for this part were done at IRCAM, with Eric Daubresse.

Winter songs II: Stones, is written for the septet and three amplified percussionists, no electronics outside the amplification. The percussion create a very low and slow counterpoint-piece to the instrumental septet, a counterpoint which does not syncronize completely with the septet.

Winter songs III: Roots, combines winter songs I and II with minor modification, to be a third piece.
The whole cycle reflects on the aspect of winter which has to do with one being pulled into the cave of one's interior, into the passivity of long sleep. At the same time, underneath, in the earth, the roots of vitality slowly solidify and start to blindly search for a way between the stones. The composing of this piece took place mostely in the Fall and Winter 03/04, in a period following the passing of a close friend, Mark Osborn, a composer, 33 years old.

The composer would like to express her deep gratitude to Eric Daubresse, who colloborated with her in this piece, for his thought, creativity, support, and especialy for the hospital sound he created in the end of the second movement. Winter songs, version I: Pending light is dedicated to Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf. Chaya Czernowin
Details
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk des Ensemble Modern
Performance duration: 16'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 15. Mai 2004 Frankfurt/Main, Alte Oper, Mozart Saal (D) · Dirigent: Lothar Zagrosek · Ensemble Modern
Year of composition: 2003
instrumentation: Bassfl. (verstärkt) · Bassklar. - Basspos. · Tb. - S. (I: 2 P. · Vibr. · Crot. · Almgl. · gr. Felltr. · Sandpapier · Ratsche · Ocean Drum · Cabaça · Steine · gr. Büchse · Plastik- oder Holzkasten; II: 2 P. · Marimba · Almgl. · Beck. · gr. Felltr. · Sandpapier · Ocean Drum · 2 gr. Mar. · Cabaça · Haarbürste · Steine · m. Büchse · Plastik- oder Holzkasten · trockene Linsen; III: Marimba (von II) · Crot. · Almgl. · kl. Beck. · gr. Tr. · gr. Tomt. · Ratsche · 2 gr. Mar. · 2 kl. Mar. · Ocean Drum · Cabaça · Steine · kl. Büchse · Plastik- oder Holzkasten · Haarbürste) (3 Spieler) - Va. · Vc. · Kb.
Performances
Conductor: Jeff Means
Orchestra: The Boston Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble
2018-04-06 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Hemenway Street T-401
Conductor: Steven Schick
2014-10-23 | New York, NY (United States of America), Miller Theater — 20:00
2012-11-16 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago
Conductor: Richard Carrick
2011-04-15 | New York, NY (United States of America), Miller Theatre - Columbia University
Conductor: David Milnes
Orchestra: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
2006-12-04 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Forum — 20.00 h
Conductor: Steven Schick
2005-05-19 | La Jolla, CA (United States of America), Warren Lecture Hall
Conductor: Steven Schick
2005-05-18 | La Jolla, CA (United States of America), Warren Lecture Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: James Wood
Orchestra: Ensemble musikFabrik
2004-08-07 | Darmstadt (Germany), Sporthalle am Böllenfalltor — Eröffnungskonzert
Conductor: Titus Engel
Orchestra: ensemble courage
2004-05-19 | Dresden (Germany), Festspielhaus Hellerau
Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2004-05-17 | Berlin (Germany), Konzerthaus, Großer Saal
Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2004-05-15 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Alte Oper, Mozart Saal | World Premiere
Winter songs is comprised of an instrumental Septet of very low instruments. The piece has three versions each version can be played independentely: Winter songs version I: Pending light; Winter songs version II: Stones; Winter songs version III: Roots. In each of these versions the instrumental septet remain identical, with only minor temporal modifications.

In Winter songs I: Pending light, there is a recorded layer (of organic noises, stones, bowed ropes, rice or beans rain on papers etc), which is at first infused with the instrumental layer and then becomes an contrasting independent piece. The electronics for this part were done at IRCAM, with Eric Daubresse.

Winter songs II: Stones, is written for the septet and three amplified percussionists, no electronics outside the amplification. The percussion create a very low and slow counterpoint-piece to the instrumental septet, a counterpoint which does not syncronize completely with the septet.

Winter songs III: Roots, combines winter songs I and II with minor modification, to be a third piece.
The whole cycle reflects on the aspect of winter which has to do with one being pulled into the cave of one's interior, into the passivity of long sleep. At the same time, underneath, in the earth, the roots of vitality slowly solidify and start to blindly search for a way between the stones. The composing of this piece took place mostely in the Fall and Winter 03/04, in a period following the passing of a close friend, Mark Osborn, a composer, 33 years old.

The composer would like to express her deep gratitude to Eric Daubresse, who colloborated with her in this piece, for his thought, creativity, support, and especialy for the hospital sound he created in the end of the second movement. Winter songs, version I: Pending light is dedicated to Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf. Chaya Czernowin
Auftragswerk : Auftragswerk des Ensemble Modern
Performance duration: 16'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Uraufführung : 15. Mai 2004 Frankfurt/Main, Alte Oper, Mozart Saal (D) · Dirigent: Lothar Zagrosek · Ensemble Modern
Year of composition: 2003
instrumentation: Bassfl. (verstärkt) · Bassklar. - Basspos. · Tb. - S. (I: 2 P. · Vibr. · Crot. · Almgl. · gr. Felltr. · Sandpapier · Ratsche · Ocean Drum · Cabaça · Steine · gr. Büchse · Plastik- oder Holzkasten; II: 2 P. · Marimba · Almgl. · Beck. · gr. Felltr. · Sandpapier · Ocean Drum · 2 gr. Mar. · Cabaça · Haarbürste · Steine · m. Büchse · Plastik- oder Holzkasten · trockene Linsen; III: Marimba (von II) · Crot. · Almgl. · kl. Beck. · gr. Tr. · gr. Tomt. · Ratsche · 2 gr. Mar. · 2 kl. Mar. · Ocean Drum · Cabaça · Steine · kl. Büchse · Plastik- oder Holzkasten · Haarbürste) (3 Spieler) - Va. · Vc. · Kb.
Conductor: Jeff Means
Orchestra: The Boston Conservatory Contemporary Music Ensemble
2018-04-06 | Boston, MA (United States of America), Hemenway Street T-401
Conductor: Steven Schick
2014-10-23 | New York, NY (United States of America), Miller Theater — 20:00
2012-11-16 | Chicago, IL (United States of America), Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago
Conductor: Richard Carrick
2011-04-15 | New York, NY (United States of America), Miller Theatre - Columbia University
Conductor: David Milnes
Orchestra: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players
2006-12-04 | San Francisco, CA (United States of America), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts - Forum — 20.00 h
Conductor: Steven Schick
2005-05-19 | La Jolla, CA (United States of America), Warren Lecture Hall
Conductor: Steven Schick
2005-05-18 | La Jolla, CA (United States of America), Warren Lecture Hall | national Premiere
Conductor: James Wood
Orchestra: Ensemble musikFabrik
2004-08-07 | Darmstadt (Germany), Sporthalle am Böllenfalltor — Eröffnungskonzert
Conductor: Titus Engel
Orchestra: ensemble courage
2004-05-19 | Dresden (Germany), Festspielhaus Hellerau
Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2004-05-17 | Berlin (Germany), Konzerthaus, Großer Saal
Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
Orchestra: Ensemble Modern
2004-05-15 | Frankfurt/Main (Germany), Alte Oper, Mozart Saal | World Premiere