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Ernst Krenek Forum live on June 28, 2018

Composer Stars and Composed Stars: The Duo Kernjak/Svoboda plays works by Krenek and Stockhausen



The juxtaposition of works by Ernst Krenek (1900–1991) and Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) on one concert program has the potential to make sparks fly. When Krenek was active as a lecturer at the Darmstadt Vacation Courses for New Music in the 1950s, the young Stockhausen was among the students. He was praised repeatedly by Krenek as a remarkably talented composer and belonged to the group of “disciples” from whom Krenek let himself be inspired to new developments in his own musical language.

However, the youthful urge for self-determination could not put up for very long with the level-headed authority of a teacher who was a generation older and had been so deeply involved in the initial phase of musical modernism, and it soon came to the almost inevitable break and Krenek’s withdrawal from the Vacation Courses.

These two so different composers, who at the same time, but from very individual perspectives, became acquainted with and compositionally developed serialism and electronic music each in their own fashion, will be placed side by side in a fascinating manner by pianist Anton Kernjak and trombonist Mike Svoboda. The many-faceted tonal potential of the trombone in Krenek’s Five Pieces, composed for Stuart Dempster in 1967, is on the program, as is a realization of the zodiac, based on twelve music-box tunes developed by Mike Svaboda in 1988 in collaboration with Karlheinz Stockhausen. Krenek’s Orga-Nastro for organ and electronic tape will provide the impulse for an improvisation.

Music and Conversation

Mike Svoboda, trombone

Anton Kernjak, piano

Thursday, 28 June 2018 at 7 p.m.

in the Ernst Krenek Forum, Minoritenplatz 4, 3500 Krems

Tickets: € 20 / reduced € 10 available at the door

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