composer: Peter Eötvös
(Memorial for the Columbia Astronauts)
for violin and orchestra
Commissioned work: Auftragswerk der Lucerne Festival Academy und des NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo
Premiere: September 6, 2007 Luzern, Konzertsaal (CH) Lucerne Festival 2007 · Akiko Suwanai, Violine · Conductor: Pierre Boulez · Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
Orchestra instrumentation: 3 (1. auch Altfl., 2./3. auch Picc.) · 3 · 3 · Bassklar. · Altsax. (auch Baritonsax.) · 3 - 2 · 2 · 2 · 1 – S. (I: Crot. · Gongs · Röhren [Amboss] · Röhrengl. · Nietenbeck. · chin. Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Tamt. · Trgl. · Sprungfeder; II: Vibr. · Gongs · Glsp. · Röhrengl. · Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Tamt. · Crot. · Sistrum · Sprungfeder; III: Vibr. · Gongs · Glsp. · Röhrengl. · Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Crot. · Röhren [Amboss] · Glsp. · Sprungfeder; IV: Crot. · Gongs · Röhrengl. · Nietenbeck. · chin. Beck. · "Dome"-Beck. · Tamt. · Sistrum · Röhren [Amboss] · Trgl. · Sprungfeder) (4 Spieler) - E-Git. · Hfe. · Keyboard-Sampler - Str. (6 · 0 · 5 · 5 · 4) Sampler: for the sound CD and for technical instructions please contact the Peter Eotvos Composition Studio on www.eotvospeter.com
Publisher: Schott Music
Duration: 21' 0''
Year of composition: 2006, rev. 2007
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The Columbia disaster on 1 February 2003 was a dramatic incident which moved me very deeply. Especially the television image of an empty astronaut's helmet which had been found intact in a field among numerous pieces of debris symbolized to me the tragedy of this disaster that claimed the lives of seven people shortly before the return of the space shuttle to Earth.
For a long time, I had thought of writing a violin concerto. Against the background of the tragic events concerning the 28th Space Shuttle Mission, I took up this idea again; the violin concerto as a musical dialogue between soloist and orchestra seemed to me particularly suited to lend musical shape to the memory of the killed astronauts.
Each of the seven astronauts has been given a personal dedication cadence. Even the representation of their characters is reflected in the composition, for example by reminiscences of the musical cultures of Kalpana Chawla, the India-born American female astronaut, and of Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli in space.
The number 7 determines the musical and rhythmic structure of the work, describing at the same time the basic principle of the composition: 49 musicians are divided into 7 groups, apart from the solo violin there are 6 further violins arranged in the hall. They are like seven satellites or souls sounding and hovering in space.
The violin concerto Seven is a very personal monologue and the musical expression of my sympathy towards the seven astronauts who lost their lives while exploring space in fulfilment of a fundamental dream of mankind.
Part I (Cadenza with Accompaniment: first cadenza [for Husband and McCool] · second cadenza [for Anderson] · third cadenza [for Clarc and Brown] · fourth cadenza [for Chawla and Ramon]) - Part II
ED 20258 = piano reduction with solo part
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