„… Einklang freier Wesen …“

Year of composition
1994/1995/1996
Scored for
for 10 instruments
Composer
Georg Friedrich Haas
Instrumentation
bass fl, bass cl, tpt, tbn, bass tuba, perc(2), vla, vc, cb
Remarks
Each of the instrumental parts of “… Einklang freier Wesen …” can be performed as a work in its own right as well as in various combinations, each carrying the title “… aus freier Lust … verbunden …”.

Duration
11′

World Premiere

Location: Graz / Austria
Date: 11.10.1996
Orchestra: Klangforum Wien
Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke
Remarks
Uraufführung der neuen Fassung; Ausstrahlung ORF/Ö1 14.10.1996

Work introduction

In “…Einklang freier Wesen…” the notion of the “solo ensemble” (like the Klangforum Wien, for whom the piece was written) is taken literally. Each of the work’s ten individual parts is simultaneously a solo piece; to state it differently, the ensemble piece is an interlacing of ten completely independent, autonomous solos. (Smaller “sub-ensembles” have also been conceived: a due for two percussionists; a trio for viola, cello, and contrabass; a quartet for bass flute, bass clarinet, and two percussionists; and finally, a septet for bass flute, bass clarinet, two percussionists, viola, cello, and contrabass.)
The versions for one to seven instruments are published under the title “aus freier Lust… verbunden…” (Bound … of free will), each with corresponding instrumentation indication.
As regards pitch, the parts are bound together by an identical harmonic structure, although it is to be noted that in the solo parts “harmony” is thought of primarily as the effect of successive sound events. As for form, caesuras and units are formed in each individual part, not only independently of other instruments, but also simultaneously with them (as a sort of “solidarity”).
The titles are taken from a passage out of Friedrich Hölderlin’s novel Hyperion, paraphrased as follows:
“I feel a life force in me, that no god created and no mortal conceived. I believe that we exist through our own being; and only by virtue of our free will and desire (aus freier Lust) are we intimately bound (verbunden) to the cosmos. […] What would this world be, were it not a unison of free beings (Einklang freier Wesen), were life not the full-voiced expression of every living being’s joyous desires since the beginning of time – how wooden the world would be! How cold!” (Hyperion, volume 2, book 2, chapter XXVII).
Georg Friedrich Haas

Ensembles that have played this work

Ensemble Intercontemporain
Klangforum Wien
Collegium Novum Zürich
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Ensemble Phoenix Basel

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