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«Eiger» - a symphonic sketch (2004)

Eiger was inspired by the imposing mountain in the heart of Switzerland. It is notoriously difficult to climb and many have died in the attempt. Müller spent his childhood holidays at Grindelwald, the picturesque village at the foot of the mountain, marveling at the daunting monolith. In his symphonic sketch, he seeks metaphorically to ascend Eiger and to musically describe the moods that the mountain triggers in him just as Richard Strauss had done in his Alpine Symphony. The composer muses, “Was it Eiger itself, looking down on me for years as I write thousands of notes on paper? Or was it just a fascination to risk the attempt of bringing this lofty mountain into music and sound? Perhaps it was also reading about the history of the North Face… a world in which happiness and tragedy are so closely linked.” Eiger was commission by the Interlaken Music Festival in 2004 under the direction of star-conductor Andris Nelsons.

Info

in one movement

Instrumentation

2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets (A), 2 Bassoons
4 Horns (F), 2 Trumpets (C), 2 Tenor Trombones, 1 Bass Trombone
Timpani, Percussion
Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass

Duration

about 14 minutes

Excerpts for listening

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Scores

Complete Work on hire

JEC EFM022-LM

Study Score

JEC EFM022-TP

24,- sFr / 15,- €

Recordings

[CD-Cover]

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London

Claude Villaret, Conductor

Ars Produktion - ARS 38 521 (P 2013)

World Premiere

27th of August 2004 / Interlakner Musikfestwochen Lattvian National-Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Andris Nelson

Concerts

December 12th, 2015
04:00 pm - Bangkok, Music Auditorium (MACM Hall)

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claude Villaret

December 11th, 2015
07:00 pm - Bangkok, Music Auditorium (MACM Hall)

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claude Villaret

November 12th, 2015 - Deutschland, Trier, Theater Grosses Haus

Philharmonic Orchestra of Trier; Claude Villaret, conductor

August 23rd, 2015
07:00 pm - Schweiz, Winterthur, Stadthaus

Winterthur Symphonic Orchestra; Christopher Morris Whiting, conductor

August 21st, 2015
08:00 pm - Schweiz, Zürich, ref. Kirche St. Peter

Winterthur Symphonic Orchestra; Christopher Morris Whiting, conductor

August 15th, 2015
03:00 pm - Schweiz, Arosa, Turn- und Mehrzweckhalle

Winterthur Symphonic Orchestra; Christopher Morris Whiting, conductor

September 30th, 2011
07:30 pm - Polen, Kalisz, Philharmonischer Saal

Calisia Philharmonic Orchestra, Poland, cond. Claude Villaret

February 19th, 2011
04:00 pm - Bangkok, Music Auditorium (MACM Hall)

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claude Villaret

February 18th, 2011
07:00 pm - Bangkok, Music Auditorium (MACM Hall)

Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Claude Villaret

January 25th, 2010
07:30 pm - KKL Luzern, Konzertsaal

Also in the program: George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue (Soloist: Christian Wenk),
Johannes Brahms, piano-quartet g-minor op. 25, arr. for orchestra by Arnold Schönberg,
Benefit Concert for a school project for children in Afghanistan «through education in a peaceful future»

Symphony Orchestra Nota Bene, conducted by Massimiliano Matesic

January 24th, 2010
05:00 pm - Stadtkirche Thun

Also in the program: R. Strauss, Concerto in D-major for oboe and small orchestra (1945), (Solist: Kurt Meier, Oboe),
W. A. Mozart, Sinfonie No. 36 C-major, KV 425, «Linzer Sinfonie»

City of Thun Orchestra, conducted by Laurent Gendre

January 23rd, 2010
07:30 pm - Stadtkirche Thun

Also in the program: R. Strauss, Concerto in D-major for oboe and small orchestra (1945), (Solist: Kurt Meier, Oboe),
W. A. Mozart, Sinfonie No. 36 C-major, KV 425, «Linzer Sinfonie»

City of Thun Orchestra, conducted by Laurent Gendre

January 22nd, 2010
07:30 pm - Tonhalle Zürich, Grosser Saal

Also in the program: George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue (Soloist: Christian Wenk),
Johannes Brahms, piano-quartet g-minor op. 25, arr. for orchestra by Arnold Schönberg,
Benefit Concert for a school project for children in Afghanistan «through education in a peaceful future»

Symphony Orchestra Nota Bene, conducted by Massimiliano Matesic

October 08th, 2006 - Tonhalle Zürich, Grosser Saal

Jubiläumskonzert des Symphonisches Orchesters Zürich

Symphonisches Orchester Zurich
Daniel Schweizer, Conductor

August 27th, 2004
07:30 pm - Interlakner Musikfestwochen
Casino-Kursaal, Schweiz

WP

Lettisches National-Symphonieorchester
Andris Nelsons, Conductor