The work was composed on a commission of the Ensemble intercontemporain. The Movement - vor der Erstarrung refers to the last movements before stiffening in death. This decomposition is not treated or, worse, celebrated as a natural process, but rather suggested by the fracture of the sound i. At the beginning, there seems to be no connection between the notes played. Almost all of them are separate notes, which do not seem to have any connection with each other, similar to John Cage's Atlas Eclipticalis.

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Born in in Stuttgart, Germany, Helmut Lachenmann is a leading figure in the European contemporary music scene. He was a student of the Italian composer Luigi Nono, and since the late s he has frequently lectured at the Darmstadt Summer Courses. He served as Professor of Composition at different times in Hannover and Stuttgart. His musical background has had an influence on his desire to innovate and depart from the traditions of German classical music.

This opens up unexplored possibilities of sounds that can be created with extended techniques on instruments. This piece is largely divided into three sections, each of which is centered around the idea of movement, paralysis and emptiness respectively. One hears sounds being passed frantically around the ensemble. However, it is heavily distorted and almost unrecognizable. Lachenmann appoints to each pitch of the song a specific instrumental timbre, such that the song is almost impossible to determine apart from its rhythm, or by looking at the text quoted in the score.

The rest of the piece is another reference to the tarantella-like rhythms and the harmonies used in the Romantic period. Mouvement — vor der Erstarrung was commissioned by the Ensemble InterContemporain Paris, and written for an ensemble consisting of flute, alto flute, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 trumpets, 3 percussions, 3 bell keyboards, 2 violas, 2 cellos, and 1 double bass. The beauty in each of these sounds would surely unveil a new perspective. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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Composition Seminar: Introducing Helmut Lachenmann’s Mouvement

Ok team, hold on to your hats: how's this for a start to the day, a concept to get your head and your ears around? That's just one of the ideas that you need to hold on to when you're listening to the music of year-old German composer Helmut Lachenmann. He's a senior figure of musical modernism, and a guru-like presence for generations of younger composers who want to follow in his essential, extreme, focused, critical, and explosive footsteps. Way to curdle a metaphor. The point is, pace that previous paragraph, you don't actually require any of the baggage of Lachenmann's ideas or ideologies to appreciate the thrill of his music.





Helmut Lachenmann’s Mouvement (-vor der Erstarrung) (1983/84)


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