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«Concerto per Klee» for Violoncello and Chamber Orchestra (2007)

Homage to Paul Klee
Of the painters whose work I have thus far studied more intensively, Paul Klee fascinates me quite particularly. Perhaps his own strong connection to music is the reason why his pictures speak to me so much. Throughout his life, his musicality had a great influence on how he approached form and colour. It was the visual realization of polyphony that particularly fascinated him, during very different phases in his artistic life. He believed that painting is in some ways even superior to music in matters of polyphonic depiction, since the different ‘voices’ in a picture can be perceived from beginning to end in their simultaneity, whereas in music they are subject to their movement through time. When I was preparing to write my Concerto per Klee I studied his diaries, his poems and various texts about his paintings and their connection to music. I became lost in the vastness of the material and in the end did not know any more where to begin. A purely atmospheric or synaesthetic transformation of one or several of his pictures seemed to me to be too narrow an approach. When I began writing, trusting my own intuition, it became increasingly clear that two ‘lifelong themes’ of Paul Klee were threading their way through the composition: polyphony and a profound (self-)irony. These two themes are present in the three movements of Concerto per Klee, which now bear the titles Polyphonie I, II and III. Later, when the work was almost finished, I came across three pictures ‘by chance’ that seemed to me particularly appropriate to the music. Thus it happened that their titles came to act as ‘subheadings’ for the three movements. The Concerto per Klee was written in spring 2007 and is dedicated in gratitude to Paul Klee, Steven Isserlis (whose playing I have admired for years) and Kitty Weinberger, who made this project possible.

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Dedicated to Paul Klee, Steven Isserlis and Kitty Weinberger

Movements

Polyphonie I (Auftrieb und Weg),
Polyphonie II (Versunkene Landschaft),
Polyphonie III (Wie Kraut und Rüben)

Instrumentation

2 Horns (F)
Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass
Solo-Violoncello

Duration

about 17 minutes

Scores

Complete Work on hire

JEC EFM037-LM

Recordings

[CD-Cover]

Pi-Chin Chien, Violoncello

Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt,

Ruben Gazarian, Conductor

Ars Produktion - ARS 38 177 (P 2015)

World Premiere

23.08.2007, Zentrum Paul Klee, Berne, Steven Isserlis, Violoncello, Weinberger Chamber Orchestra, Cond.: Gábor Takács-Nagy

Concerts

January 15th, 2015
08:00 pm - Deutschland, Festsaal Ingolstadt

Pi-Chin Chien, violoncello
Georgisches Kammerorchester Ingolstadt
Ruben Gazarian, conductor

November 21st, 2014
08:30 pm - Schweiz, St. Moritz, Laudinella

Version for cello and piano

Pi-Chin Chien, cello; Tamara Chitadze, piano

August 25th, 2007 - Rainhalle, Rieden, St.Gallen

Steven Isserlis, Violoncello, Weinberger Chamber Orchestra, Cond.: Gábor Takács-Nagy

August 24th, 2007 - Tonhalle, Zürich

Steven Isserlis, Violoncello, Weinberger Chamber Orchestra, Cond.: Gábor Takács-Nagy

August 23rd, 2007 - Paul Klee Museum, Bern

Premiere

Steven Isserlis, Violoncello, Weinberger Chamber Orchestra, Cond.: Gábor Takács-Nagy