Erinnerung

CR: 73
Year: 2011
Duration: 7'
Instrumentation: Soprano & Ensemble
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Flute
Oboe
Clarinet in Bb
Horn in F
Bassoon

Harmonium

Soprano

2 Violins
Viola
Cello
Double Bass

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In 2011 I was invited to write a piece for the Mahler Project that was performed during the Spring Festival of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague and the Mahler Festival in the Nieuwe Kerk in The Hague. The idea of this project was to make transformations or recompositions of some of Mahler's early songs that would be performed alongside the arrangement by Schoenberg/Riehn of Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler and Reinbert de Leeuw's arrangement of the Passacaglia by Anton Webern.

These two arrangements were written for the sizeable chamber ensemble instrumentation that was brought together for the so-called Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen ("Society for Private Musical Performances"), although both arrangements have never been played at any of its concerts. This is only logical as Schoenberg wasn't able to finish his arrangement before the Society folded and Riehn completed it in 1983, and Reinbert de Leeuw's arrangement dates from 1986. The Society was founded in 1918 and strived to introduce a different way of presenting newly composed music to an interested audience. In 1921 it had to cease its activities due to Austrian hyperinflation.

The recompositions of Mahler's songs that were made for our project were written for the same instrumentation, with the addition of a singer (in my case a soprano). I decided to base my piece on Mahler's Erinnerung, immediately realizing its potential after reading the song's score. I slowed the song down by three times in order to expose, enlarge, expand, elaborate, and zoom in on some of its subtleties.

show past performances
  • 18 April 2011, 20.00, Kees van Baarenzaal, Royal Conservatoire, The Hague, The Netherlands (Premiere)
    Ensemble Royaal conducted by Jurjen Hempel
    Spring Festival, Mahler Project
    Conductor Jurjen Hempel
    Soprano Wendeline van Houten
    Flute Emeline Dessi
    Oboe Kim Bosch
    Clarinet Rocio Campos Torres
    Horn Martijn Appelo
    Bassoon Florian Krouwel
    Harmonium Gijs van der Heijden
    Violin 1 Floor Le Coultre
    Violin 2 Raphaella Engelsberg
    Viola Mirjam Klein
    Cello Anastasia Feruleva
    Double Bass Yaman Zencirci
  • 18 May 2011, 20.15, Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague, The Netherlands
    Ensemble Royaal conducted by Jurjen Hempel
    Mahler Festival, Mahler in Den Haag
    Conductor Jurjen Hempel
    Soprano Wendeline van Houten
    Flute Emeline Dessi
    Oboe Kim Bosch
    Clarinet Rocio Campos Torres
    Horn Sebastian Ritzel
    Bassoon Suzanne van Berkum
    Harmonium Gijs van der Heijden
    Violin 1 Floor Le Coultre
    Violin 2 Raphaella Engelsberg
    Viola Mirjam Klein
    Cello Anastasia Feruleva
    Double Bass Yaman Zencirci

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