Percussion / Recital Ensemble Resonanz
Ensemble Resonance has made it a priority to create new repertoire for string instrument players and maximize this homogenous group’s potential. The Hamburg-based musicians present four works at MaerzMusik that were recently written for them; percussion is united with string ensemble, and strings are also given a percussive role.
In Wolfgang Mitterer’s “rasch”, soloist Dirk Rothbrust’s discarded string instruments are converted into a “string drum set” that enter into an electronic dialogue with the string ensemble. “From the work in progress through the transformation to detachment” Isabel Mundry holds different positions in “Depuis le jour” on artworks from the late Renaissance by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and links the resulting field of tension with the poem “Ethnomühle” by Thomas Kling and the “changing memories that language constantly carries with it” (Mundry). Also inspired by his literary works, “Xenos III” by Beat Furrer turns the strings into a resonance space and amplifier of the percussively released words of a poem by Händl Klaus. With “Wald” for four string quartets, Enno Poppe enters into “the homeland of occidental folk music” (Poppe), and in the change of perspective between the individual musician with his four strings and the quadrupled ensemble quartet allows a type of meta-composition technique to emerge that in its discursive look-and-feel appears to take up the much cited conversational character of the genre.
for two percussionists and strings(2010-2012) GP of the complete version
Work commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik, Salzburg Biennale and Ensemble Resonanz
Depuis le jour (mit Blick auf Sweelinck)
for 15 strings and percussion (2012)
Text: Thomas Kling “Ethnomühle”
for string drum set, string orchestra and electronics (2012) GP
Commissioned work Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik, Salzburg Biennale and Ensemble Resonanz
for four string quartets (2010)