Photo: Priska Ketterer


Georg Friedrich Haas – …auf schwankendem Boden… - 11.000 Saiten

Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin, Germany

... auf schwankendem Boden ... – 11.000 Saiten (on shaky ground … – 11,000 strings) is the title of a new, roughly 60-minute work by Georg Friedrich Haas, a composer who was born in Graz in 1953 and who now teaches at Columbia University in New York. The instrumental configuration and line-up go beyond customary concert stage formats: Required are 50 microtonally tuned pianos of the same type, 50 pianists, a 25-piece instrumental ensemble (woodwind, brass, string, keyboard and percussion instruments), supporting electronic equipment, and a large presentation venue that can be configured into a sound space, turning the circular arrangement of the 75 performers into a sound installation. The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation is making the performance possible for the 70th anniversary of the Berliner Festspiele in 2021.

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