World premiere for Péter Eötvös on 6 May in Portugal
The work da capo for cimbalom and ensemble was composed in winter 2013-2014 at the invitation of Porto’s Casa da Musica, the Salzburg Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (Miami). The cimbalom solo was inspired by the performance of Hungarian cimbalom player Miklós Lukács.
As the subtitle of the piece (mit Fragmenten aus W. A. Mozart’s Fragmenten) indicates the initial tunes come from Mozart’s notebooks. Eötvös presents these tunes to listeners in a clearly recognisable way, but he immediately develops and transforms them. Mozart’s themes are remodelled in the chamber ensemble, the instruments of which were still unknown in the 18th century, and the musical journey is made especially adventurous in that the solo (can be performed also the marimba) is presented by a musical instrument which cannot have been used in the 18th century.
Da capo be premiered at the Sala Suggia of Casa da Musica at Porto. The soloist will be Miklós Lukács, the Remix Ensemble will be conducted by the composer.
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