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Boosey & Hawkes

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World Premiere
Wigmore Hall, London
Timothy Ridout, viola / Tom Poster
World Premiere
Wigmore Hall, London
Tim Ridout (vla) / Tom Poster (pft) /
Composer's Notes
  1. À la recherche d’une cantilène perdu
  2. Soliloque
  3. Non réconcilié*

Music should communicate directly, as also in this piece.
And yet the titles of the three movements point to the music.
Only the title of the whole ‘Haydn lived in Eisenstadt’ doesn't help.
Joseph Haydn, this freest spirit, wrote his wildest symphonies there in the service of Prince Esterházy.
His trust in God helped him to celebrate the status quo with his great oratorios ‘Creation’ and "The Seasons’.
In this way he was able to find an open musical language that left struggle and disputes behind.
I, a tiny particle of a human race whose members try to destroy each other with increasingly sophisticated means, on a tiny planet in the unbelievable expanding vastness of space, cannot achieve reconciliation either with myself or with humanity: "non réconcilié"!

Now I haven't said anything about my piece, but at least thought about its title ...

* Non réconcilié: Anthologie personnelle 1991 -2013 by Michel Houellebecq

Kurt Schwertsik, 2021

Reproduction Rights
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