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Music Text

Text by Helmut Oehring (G)


deaf female soloist (sign- and spoken language), 2 voices, 1 speaker, 2 dancers;
bfl.ob.bcl-hrn.tpt.trbn-perc(2)-harp-pft(=sample keyboard)-elec.gtr(=elec.bass)-vl.vlc

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World Premiere
Carl Orff Saal, Munich
Maxim Dessau, director / Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin / Roland Kluttig
Programme Note
Press Quotes

"On first hearing and watching, Oehring’s dance opera presents itself as a conglomerate of various components of musical theatre which, though captivating, are difficult to disentangle. The musicians sit at the front of the stage and play the scores as if they were the sound track to a nightmarish piece of musical theatre: an opera sliding between seriousness and entertainment, between delicate chamber music and crashing disco sound, between gentle, minimalist introspection and hammering rock rhythms. The whole mixture of electronically produced sounds and special effects, of live music amplified in a sophisticated manner (with the ‘circle-surround’ sound system) must be based on a hidden structure - this remains the secret of the score of a strong yet vulnerable composer. The crucial element of the whole ‘composition’ is Helmut Oehring’s almost filmic technique of starkly cutting sounds. It’s very exciting." (Wolfgang Schreiber, SZ, 10.05.1996)

Recommended Recording

Christina Schönfeld / Salome Kammer / Matthias Hille / Anna Clementi / Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin / Roland Kluttig
Deutscher Musikrat, Editon "Musik in Deutschland" (1950–2000) (Oper)
BMG/ RCA 74321 73544 2

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