Throughout the next few weeks a number of important premieres of works by Peters Edition composers are taking place across Europe and the US.
Arnulff Herrmann’s first piece for music theatre, Wasser, will be premiered at the Muffathalle in Munich on 16 May 2012. Conceived in close collaboration with librettist Nico Bleutge, the work forms an uninterrupted sequence of 13 scenes. Wasser is a coproduction of Ensemble Modern, the Frankfurt Opera House and the Munich Biennale.The premiere, performed by Ensemble Modern and the Schola Heidelberg under Hartmut Keil, will be part of the Munich Biennale. An interview with Ensemble Modern and Arnulf Herrmann about the Wasser project can be found here. Further performances: Munich, Muffathalle: 18, 19 May; Frankfurt/Main, Frankfurt LAB: 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 24 June. More details here.
The ‘fragment for voice and live-electronics’ ἐδιζησ[Ά]μην ἐμε[Ω]υτόν (‘Edizesamen Emeouton’) by Minas Borboudakis is premiered on 16 May at the Munich Biennale. The work encourages the question why, today, works in traditional musical theatre genres should be contrived. More details here.
Two new works by Jonathan Dove receive premieres at the end of May 2012 – a new set of canticles, The Wells Service will be performed on 27 May at Wells Cathedral with a new church opera, rooted in Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, The Walk from the Garden premiered by the Salisbury Festival.
Celebrating the 21st anniversary of Birmingham's Symphony Hall, Errollyn Wallen's Tryptich for organ, written for Thomas Trotter, will be premiered on 13 June.
Stephen McNeff’s The Chalk Legend is a new 75-minute work which tells the story of the Viking skeletons that were unearthed on the Weymouth relief road through music, dance and theatre, and will be performed by massed choruses and ensembles including Kokoro (BSO's new music ensemble), Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Youth Chorus, Dorset Youth Orchestra and Youth choruses from six Dorset schools, dancers, actors and soloists. Further information can be found at the Chalk Legends website. Performances: 18 May 2012, 8pm; 19 May 2012, 5pm & 8pm
Julian Philips’s Sea and Stars, a new work for chorus and orchestra with music by Julian Philips and text by Simon Christmas, was commissioned by the Ealing Choral Society to mark their 50th Anniversary, and as a companion piece to the Brahms Requiem. It will receive its world premiere on 16 June 2012 at the Cadogan Hall, London.
New choral work from Roxanna Panufnik can be heard at Westminster Cathedral on 13 May 2012 with a psalm setting interwoven with a reference to the Hebrew origins of the psalms, Love Endureth; and in St Pancras Church on 19 May 2012 when the Exultate Singers perform Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis – threaded with a simultaneous setting of the Ave Maria text – as part of the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music . Nicola LeFanu's new work for string orchestra Wind-blown Seeds is premiered in New York on 16 May by the Arcos Orchestra ahead of a European Tour, and her new bassoon quintet Harlequin Memories, drawing on the commedia dell’arte, will be premiered at the Spitalfields Festival on 13 June.
David Amram will be the honoree of the 2012 Toronto Celebrity Series Festival from May 20 – 27, 2012. While there he will be doing a series of concerts, film screenings and workshops which will culminate with the Canadian premiere of his Horn Concerto by the York Symphony.
In late June Mr. Amram will be traveling to San Diego, California for the world premiere of his newest composition, Cancion de Verano (Summer Song). This piano quartet is a Friends of Todays Music Commission for the Music Teachers Association of California. Mr. Amram will be in San Diego for the entire convention from June 29 - July 3, 2012.
There will also be a world premiere of a new work by Christian Wolff in June. This new composition is commissioned by Santa Fe New Music for their Southwest Festival of New Music which is dedicated to John Cage this year. The premiere will take place on June 23, 2012.
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