EXTENDED PIANO – DARK FORCES

 

Alexander Zemlinsky: Stimme des Abends op. 9/1 (1900)

Peter Ruzicka: ausgeweidet die zeit... (1969)

Gèrard Pesson:  La lumière n'a pas de bras pour nous porter (2009)

Mauricio Kagel: MM 51 - Ein Stück Filmmusik für Klavier (1976)

Christoph Renhart: Mondviolen (2013)

Thomas Larcher:  Smart Dust (2005)

C. Curtis-Smith: Rhapsodies (1973)

 

June 12th 2018 - Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna 

The central themes of this program are the allure and the abyss of „dark forces“. The night, the moon, light, imminent danger, fear and catastrophe show up as poetic topoi of romantic night music, as a parody of their clichès in film music, or as a soulless threat through modern technology. In richly coloured sonic vesture of the „extended piano“ a game unfolds with quotations, echoes and commentaries. Arnold Schoenberg, who turned towards the nocturnal-otherworldly himself in some works, glimmers from behind hidden recesses.


KONZERTREIHE NEUE MUSIK AUS ÖSTERREICH: EXTENDED PIANO

 

Karlheinz Essl/Gerhard Eckel: Con una certa espressione parlante for extended piano, computer and vibration speaker (1985/2015)

Wolfgang Mitterer: Uluru 2 für präpariertes Klavier und Tonband (1999)

Thomas Larcher: Smart Dust (2005)

Katharina Klement: Tatsächlich ohne Ausdruck (2012)

Christoph Renhart:  Mondviolen (2013)

Grzegorz Pieniek: Unknown Path (2014)

Dino Residbegovic: Pedal étude und Percussion étude aus Visiting speech therapist for amplified piano (2014-16)

 

Katharina Bleier, piano

Karlheinz Essl, computer

 

Austrian Composers' Association Concerts Series

October 10th 2018, 7:30 PM, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Festsaal Seilerstätte 26, 1010 Wien


EXTENDED PIANO – NEW WORLD

 

Arnold Schoenberg: Sechs kleine Klavierstücke op. 19 (1911)

Leo Ornstein: Impression de Notre Dame op. 16/2 (1914)

Henry Cowell:  The Banshee (1925), Tiger (1928)

John Cage: Mysterious Adventure (1945)

George Crumb: Makrokosmos I (Twelve Fantasy-Pieces after the Zodiac fpr amplified piano) (1972)

Leo Ornstein was one of the first pianists, and also the most exciting of them, who made Schoenberg’s piano works known in the US in the 1910s. He combined Schoenberg’s opp. 11 and 19 with his own compositions, which brought him the image of the “bad boy” in the progressive music scene not least due to his frequent employment of cluster-like chords. Cowell surpassed Ornstein by using his arms and fists to play clusters, he adopted Schoenberg’s "Klavierflageolett", and in his string piano pieces paved the way for the prepared piano as used by Schoenberg and Cowell’s pupil John Cage. With the concentration on one phenomenon of the extended piano lending each of these early works its own individual, characteristic soundscape, in his "Makrokosmos" Crumb creates a highly elaborated synthesis and additional expansion of fascinating sound worlds.


EXTENDED PIANO – RESONANCES

 

Arnold Schoenberg: Klavierstück op. 11/1 (1909)

Hans Erich Apostel: Kubiniana op. 13/1, 5 und 8 (1945-50)

John Cage: Pastorale Nr. 1 (1952)

Henry Cowell: Sinister Resonance (ca. 1930)

Karlheinz Essl:  Sequitur XIII for extended piano and live-electronics (2009)

Jörg Widmann: Hallstudie (2003)

In 1909, Schoenberg symbolized faraway ocean sounds in his piano lied Am Strande (At the Beach) by using “flageolet – silently depressing the keys.” Thus the piano’s sonic scope was enriched by a resonance sound for the first time; Schönberg used it again the same year in his piano piece Op. 11/1. In various compositional ways, this program traces the potential of this phenomenon, using overtones, resonances and reverberation effects, expansion and differentiation of Klangfarbe, tension between quiet and sound, impulse and echo.


EXTENDED PIANO – FRISKING

 

Thomas Larcher: Smart Dust (2005)

Jörg Widmann: Hallstudie (2003)

Rued Langgaard: Insektarium BNV 134 (1917)

Karlheinz Essl/Gerhard Eckel: Con una certa espressione parlante for extended piano, computer and vibration speaker (1985/2015)

Karlheinz Essl: Sequitur XIII for extended piano and live-electronics (2009)


Programs in preparation:

 

EXTENDED PIANO – INTESTINES

EXTENDED PIANO – THEATRICS

EXTENDED PIANO – PERCUSSION

EXTENDED PIANO ²

Individual program proposals for further extended piano projects and other concert formats are available upon request.