MOVING SOUNDS FESTIVAL 2018 | CONCERT
THE MAHLER QUESTION: EMERGING AUSTRIANS
TUESDAY, OCT 02 2018, 08:00 PM
Mahler, along with his young compatriot Arnold Schoenberg, was certainly one of the dominant compositional voices in fin-de-siecle Vienna, but who are the emerging Austrian composers of today?
Elisabeth Harnik Kugelstein II (2006) – (14 min)
Duet for voice and bass clarinet
Bernd Klug and Meaghan Burke und ich – ich schwieg – ich schwieg (2018) – (20 min)
Duet for cello and double bass
Manuela Meier What you see, is it (2016) – (10 min)
Duet for two trombones
*New York Premiere
The concert features Austrian composers Manuela Meier, Elisabeth Harnik and Bernd Klug, who will be performing with his American creative partner Meaghan Burke.
Elisabeth Harnik’s Kugelstein II was performed at the Austrian Cultural Forum London’s Mahler Festival in 2010. Harnik wrote “in Kugelstein II the questions ‘Who am I?’ and ‘Where am I?’ are essential in this work, as the protagonist is whisked away from everyday life through a car accident to an unreal space and time zone.”
Manuela Meier’s hyper-detailed aesthetic comes largely from her extensive experience as an accordionist. Her duet for two trombones, What you see, is it, creates a virtual orchestra with its interplay of percussive sounds, attacks, overtones, singing, and virtuosic brass techniques.
Sound artist/bassist Bernd Klug and cellist/composer Meaghan Burke co-create and perform und ich – ich schwieg – ich schwieg, a work in five movements which reimagines Gustav Mahler's 5th Symphony and Alma Mahler's Five Early Songs through various methods of erasure and overlaying, exploring the power plays, shared musical language, and creative inspiration – and obliteration – within Gustav and Alma's complex relationship, both before and after his death.
Featured soloists include Sharon Harms, soprano, and Carol McGonnell, clarinet.