A Festival of New Music

Distance / Intimacy

© Sébastien Thibault

A Festival of New Music, July 9–12, 2020

Curated by Daniel Barenboim and Emmanuel Pahud

WORLD PREMIERES BY
Irini Amargianaki
Benjamin Attahir
Johannes Boris Borowski
Luca Francesconi
Michael Jarrell
Philippe Manoury
Olga Neuwirth
Matthias Pintscher
Christian Rivet
Jörg Widmann

AND WORKS BY
Pierre Boulez


For several months now, concert halls and theaters around the world have been closed and musical life, at least in public, has all but come to a halt. We want to use this time of uncertainty, of common reflection, of unexplored digital possibilities to launch an initiative that will bring music back to the Pierre Boulez Saal—quite literally, in unheard ways. Invited by Daniel Barenboim and Emmanuel Pahud, ten of today’s most exciting composers have engaged artistically with the unusual juxtaposition of distance and intimacy that we all find ourselves dealing with. The result are ten new works, from solo pieces to compositions for ensemble, including the human voice, that continue the musical history of the year 2020.

On four consecutive nights, beginning July 9, these works will have their online premieres, framed by works of Pierre Boulez and hosted live by Daniel Barenboim and Emmanuel Pahud from the Pierre Boulez Saal. The programs will then remain available for free on-demand viewing and listening for 30 days. All musicians and composers involved have generously donated their time and work—as a call to common solidarity. Join us here to experience this Festival of New Music!

CONCERT SCHEDULE

  • Thursday, July 9, 2020, 6pm
  • Friday, July 10, 2020, 6pm
  • Saturday, July 11, 2020 6pm
  • Sunday, July 12, 2020, 6pm

(All times CEST)

Meet the Curators: Daniel Barenboim and Emmanuel Pahud

The Composers and Their Works

PIERRE BOULEZ (1925–2016)

Sonatine
for Flute and Piano (1946)

Messagesquisse
for Solo Cello and Six Cellos (1976–77)
Arrangement for Violas by Christophe Desjardins

Dérive 1
for Six Instruments (1984)

Mémoriale (...explosante-fixe... Originel)
for Flute and Ensemble (1985/93)

IRINI AMARGIANAKI (*1980)

Eumeniden
for Soprano and Ensemble


BENJAMIN ATTAHIR (*1989)

Bayn Athnyn
for Violin (Viola) and Piano


JOHANNES BORIS BOROWSKI (*1979)

Sphinxes
for Five Players


LUCA FRANCESCONI (*1956)

Lichtschatten
for Flute and Ensemble



MICHAEL JARRELL (*1958)

Le point est la source de tout…
for Solo flute



PHILIPPE MANOURY (*1952)

Soubresauts
for Solo Flute



OLGA NEUWIRTH (*1968)

coronAtion II: Naufraghi del mondo che hanno ancora un cuore
for Piano, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, and Viola


MATTHIAS PINTSCHER (*1971)

beyond II (bridge over troubled water)
for Flute, Viola, and Harp


CHRISTIAN RIVET

Terre d’ombres
for Solo Flute


JÖRG WIDMANN (*1973)

empty space
for Five Players

Media Partners

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