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Work of the Week – Dieter Schnebel: Schicksalslied

Friedrich Hölderlin’s famous poem Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) has inspired many composers to create musical settings of the text. Among them is Dieter Schnebel, whose last composition Schicksalslied for speaker, alto voice, chamber choir, chamber ensemble and tape will receive its world premiere on 21 September at the Beethovenfest Bonn. The performance will be given by the Prague Philharmonic Choir and the Symphony Orchestra Flandern conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig, with Franz Mazura and alto Markéta Cukrová as soloists. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Dieter Schnebel: Schicksalslied”


Work of the Week: Gerald Barry – Canada

Ludwig van Beethoven and Canada. What do those two have in common?

Gerald Barry’s new work for voice and orchestra, Canada, will have its world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms on 21 August.

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Work of the Week – Christian Jost: An die Hoffnung

Christian Jost, Klaus Florian Vogt: An die Hoffnung

On 19 August, the world premiere of Christian Jost’s An die Hoffnung will be performed by Yutaka Sado and the Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich with tenor Klaus Florian Vogt, opening the 10th annual Grafenegg Festival. Jost was commissioned to write An die Hoffnung as Composer in Residence at this year’s festival. The residency will include performances of several of his existing compositions and he will also appear as a conductor and leader of the young composers’ workshop INK STILL WET from 1-5 September. Continue reading “Work of the Week – Christian Jost: An die Hoffnung”