Campus Project 2021
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata no. 13 in E-flat major, op. 27/1 (1801)
‘…quasi una fantasia…‘ for piano and groups of instruments, op. 27/1 (1987/88)
'Alax' for three ensembles with similar instruments (1985)
'Entlang der Lieder' ('Along the songs')
Knut Hanßen piano
Oscar Jockel conductor (rehearsals)
Johannes Kalitzke conductor
’Even with fantastic ideas, a composition that is too unusual will never be per-formed, or only once,’ Iannis Xenakis once remarked when asked about unusual compositional ap-proaches. Nevertheless, his own analysis seldom kept him from treading his own unusual paths. Commissioned by Westdeutscher Rundfunk, the 1977 Beethoven Prize winner devised a composi-tion for three equal ensembles that were to be ‘triangulated’ in space around the audience. ‘Alax’, the title of the work, means ‘exchange’ or ‘transformation’, and it is precisely this musical ‘ex-change’ between the musicians that becomes visible and audible through their spatial position-ing.
In a very similar way Hungarian composer György Kurtág worked in his spatial composition ‘... quasi una fantasia ...’, an orchestral piece that refers to Beethoven’s Opus 27 and places five instrumental groups around the audience. Together with Beethoven’s ‘original’ as well as a new creation by Turkish female composer Zeynep Gedizlioğlu, the Campus Project Orchestra shapes the complex scores into an impressive musical experience and welcomes its fans and listeners back to the concert hall with this form of sonic ‘embrace’.
Please note the following changes: The campus concert will not take place in Cologne as originally planned, but in Bonn. Instead of ‘Gruppen’ by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis’ spatial composition ‘Alax’ will be performed. The rest of the program remains unchanged.