Photo: Beate Heidecke


Composition Commission issued to Ansgar Beste

Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Münster e.V., Germany


Freezing rain – a natural phenomenon where raindrops instantly freeze on contact with cold ground into a layer of ice measuring sometimes as much as several centimeters. Trees and power pylons are upturned, drivers lose control of their vehicles and all organisms locked under the ice temporarily lose their life’s breath.
This phenomenon gives its name to the new composition “Eisregen” composed by Swedish-born Münster-resident Ansgar Beste with the support of the EvS Music Foundation. This work will be premiered as part of the biennial KlangZeit Festival by the Münster sextet ensemble:hörsinn. This ensemble will be performing for the first time with musicians from North Rhine-Westphalia in a large, mega-ensemble line-up.
The poetic idea behind “Eisregen” is to reflect the dialectic interaction between the meteorological phenomenon and its effects on man, nature and technology. Amongst other things, this will take place by means of an interplay between two tonal centers: dry, grainy sounds and more resonant, continual sounds.
With a flexible option for the piano and harp parts the work can be performed not only by large specialist ensembles but also by symphony orchestras. As with many of Beste’s works, with “Eisregen” a work-in-progress approach is planned. In response to the Münster premiere a fundamentally revised and reworked version is to ensue that Studio Musikfabrik will perform in the second half of 2016.


February 13, 2016
Theater Münster, Münster, Germany


Further Information