Tenney – Wolff – Zimmermann – Cage
The focus of MaerzMusik 2009 is North American avant-garde music from the 1950s up to the present day. The Canadian Bozzini Quartet, a frequent and popular guest at MaerzMusik, will perform the German première of arbor vitae. This is the late James Tenney’s last completed work. It was due to be world premièred at MaerzMusik in 2006, but it was not finished in time for the festival. Arbor vitae, or tree of life, is the culmination of Tenney’s oeuvre and its title reflects his personal aesthetics, which closely linked art and life. This is also a maxim that guided the work of John Cage and the representatives of the New York School, each in their own individual way. Christian Wolff is a composers in this tradition. He particularly challenges the imaginative powers of performers with his autonomous and open musical structures. The Bozzini Quartet will première his latest string quartet For 2 Violinists, Violist and Cellist, which was commissioned by MaerzMusik.
Bozzini will also play two pieces from the 1970s by the German composer Walter Zimmermann, Zehn Fränkische Tänze (Ten Franconian Dances) and Keuper, from his work complex Lokale Musik (Local Music). Zimmermann transmutes this eminently American tradition in a highly original way, melding it with the European tradition. These compositions reveal the lasting influence on the composer of John Cage’s String Quartet in Four Parts, a work that dates from 1950. This wonderful piece rounds off the programme.
arbor vitae (2006) GP
For 2 Violinists, Violist and Cellist (2008) WP/CW
Zehn Fränkische Tänze sublimated for string quartet (1977)
String Quartet in Four Parts (1950)
Quatuor Bozzini Montreal