Wohin bist du gegangen?

Year of composition
2012
Subtitle
Musik für Chor und 17 Instrumente
Scored for
for choir and 17 instruments
Composer
Georg Friedrich Haas
Text author
Fariduddin Attar
Original Language: Deutsch
Translator
Georg Friedrich Haas
Instrumentation
1 1 1 1 – 1 1 1 1 – perc(2), acc, pno, vln, vln, vla, vc, cb
Instrumentation details

flute
oboe
clarinet in Bb
bassoon
horn in F
trumpet in C
tenor trombone
tuba
1st percussion (+timp
t-tam
Schlitztrommel
w.b
Plattenglocke)
2nd percussion (+timp
t-tam
s.d
t-tom)
piano
accordion
1st violin
2nd violin
viola
violoncello
double bass

Commissioned by

Auftragswerk der Internationalen Stiftung Mozarteum Salzburg
(UA in Salzburg am 27. November 2013)

Duration
12′

World Premiere

Location: Mozarteum Salzburg / Austria
Date: 27.11.2013
Orchestra: Klangforum Wien
Choir
Salzburger Bachchor
Conductor: Clement Power

Work introduction

Wohin bist du gegangen? is based on texts by the Persian poet Attar of Nishapur (ca.1136–ca.1220) in a free translation by the composer. The male and female voices are separated by the ensemble (with the men on one side and the women on the other). At the beginning of the work, the situation is akin to a traditional performance, but within only a few seconds the light is dimmed until the concert hall is in total darkness.

1 Ensemble that has played this work:

Klangforum Wien

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