Lachenmann – Kontrakadenz Aesthetic Apparatus: Clarinet Chamber Music of Helmut Lachenmann · See the Sound (Hommage to Helmut Lachenmann). Helmut Lachenmann, the German composer born in Stuttgart in , .. The first work is, in my opinion, Lachenmann’s finest: Kontrakadenz. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the SmartPac CD release of Kontrakadenz / Klangschatten – Mein Saitenspiel / Fassade on Discogs.
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He has regularly lectured at Darmstadt since A short bio appears at the end of this piece. By taking the essence of so-called classical music, i.
The text itself is by Leonardo da Vinci, spoken in German translation; even in English or Italian, though, it would be identifiable or recognizable only in spots. The enormous orchestral forces, including more than players, further create this eerily familiar yet frightening world.
The title refers to paralysis. It occurs toward the middle of the piece, however, not the customary position nearer the climax. Klangschatten — mein Saitenspiel is a game of strings, as its title implies.
Perhaps the piece acknowledges life — indeed perhaps unwittingly — within a situation where paralysis pervades music. It is a strange moment of irony.
Showing an early aptitude for music, he was already composing in his teens. This radio recording was made soon after its premiere. It is a showcase of virtuosity, one not to be undertaken by easily fatigued pianists, and is throughout a beautiful work, fully engaging the listener in turns both serene and tempestuous. Consequently those qualities, such as timbre, volume, etc. From to he taught composition at the Musikhochschule Hannoverfrom to the Musikhochschule Stuttgart.
In fact, it could be said that the electric guitar and Hammond organ are to Lachenmann what the mandolin and celesta were to Webern: It sounds almost like a direct dialogue with the music of the past, presented through the eyeglass of the modern world. Judging by his influence, for better or worse, on the following generations of European composers, it seems that he has not only built a successful and important oeuvre but also a significant body of admirers, whose music shares some of his traits, but never with the same verve.
Lachenmann Kontrakadenz; Klangschatten; Fassade |
The orchestral works are thus colorful, but not at all excessive in their treatment. Conductor and musicians are superb. Lachenmann chose to take this same attitude and apply it to existing instruments by utilizing a rich palette of unorthodox instrumental effects. The first is abrasive, almost scolding; the second is an atmospheric, nearly hollowed-out world of sonic minutiae; and the third combines elements of both, but certainly leans toward the sound of the second.
His works offer both listeners and performers tremendous challenges — insurmountable challenges, some would say — but his music nonetheless is performed and people do listen to it perhaps in the ways in which the composer intends.
Helumut Lachenmann: Accanto; Consolation I; Kontrakadenz
Kontrakadenz; Klangschatten – mein Saitenspiel; Fassade. The big advantage is the overall improvement in recorded sound.
His music lacks the generalized, perhaps romanticized, notion of beauty: His poetry, primarily abstract in nature, has been used in recent years by composers in Asia, Europe and South America. The piece is also notable for its unusually prolonged climax, one employing what could be called motifs: He achieves this musical bouleversement by asking his listeners and performers to suspend, or perhaps completely reject, their inherited beliefs about music, because they serve only to hinder and distort the listening experience.
Views Read Edit View history. The best classical music for New Year’s Eve. A sustained Hammond organ figure, commented on by the electric guitar and percussion, then leads to a crescendo tam-tam strike, after which roaring brass and strings enter the fray.
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He is married to Japanese pianist Yukiko Sugawara. It is not a mature work, but still noteworthy. K to M Helmut Lachenmann. Ten of the best and worst novels about composers. Nonetheless, it is much more tranquil, almost somber, than one would imagine an allegro to be.
It is a finely balanced work of extremes. They are replete with new techniques and ideas, but are all vastly different in nature.
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