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Composition Commission issued to Klaus Lang

Konus Quartet, Uetendorf, Switzerland

Is a score already music? Where is the music? Is it in the head of the composer? Is it in the score, in the concert, in the head of the listener?
In his composition for the Konus Quartet Klaus Lang picks up more on the scores of the 16th and 17th centuries. Many of these are clear and simple while relying on musicians to add a tonal sheen to the framework of notes during the performance or to conjure up a captivating tonal carpet from a few figures of the general bass notation. Music arises in the moment the sounds are made, arising from a mix of the pre-prepared and the spontaneous as a refined blend of determination and liberty. Together with the Konus Saxophone Quartet Klaus Lang develops a musical form caught between composition and improvisation. The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation is facilitating the composition commission issued to Klaus Lang.

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