Work of the Week – Krzyszof Penderecki: La Follia
Krzyszof Penderecki celebrated a landmark on 23 November this year, his 80th birthday. As part of the celebrations, Anne-Sophie Mutter will give the world premiere of the composer’s new work, La Follia, for violin solo on 14 December 2013 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
La Follia, a capriccio, is in fact Penderecki’s musical gift to Anne-Sophie Mutter, who has also recently celebrated a notable birthday. In his choice of the title Penderecki recalls the tradition, originating from the Baroque period and upheld by composers including Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Cherubini, Liszt, Rachmaninow and Henze, of virtuosic variations on a Sarabande. Within this slow and elegant dance form Penderecki exploits the full range of playing techniques of the violin, making high demands on the performer.
His new work "La Follia", a capriccio for violin solo, demands high technical mastery and at the same time gives the greatest musical fulfilment. A violinist, composer and conductor, Krzyszof Penderecki knows about my instrument – he is inspired by the ever-new discovery of its possibilities. Just as I have always been fascinated by its never-ending spectrum of colour and timbre. What could be better for a performer than to find a soul mate in a composer - and one who occasionally has time for a new commissioned work? – Anne-Sophie Mutter
Also in connection with the celebrations of Penderecki’s 80th birthday, a Penderecki Festival will take place in the South Korean capital Seoul from 16-20 December 2013. Among the performances of his works you can hear Penderecki’s two Violin Concertos, his Symphony No. 7, and Seven Gates of Jerusalem.
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