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10 years Chamber Music Connects the World - 10 Bridges to Bach: „The Art of Instrumentation"


„Build a bridge for me" Gidon Kremer, one of the mentors of Chamber Music Connects the World, asked ten composers. For the project's 10th anniversary, Kremer wanted small Bach pieces from Glenn Gould's repertoire to be arranged for chamber music ensembles: From the "Goldberg variations", for example, or "Das Wohltemperierte Klavier". Thus, „Kronberg Academy" celebrates one of the most important personalities of music, that influences composition as well as improvisation until today. The title is connected to Johann Sebastian Bach's "The Art of Fugue"

Meanwhile, the transcriptions are made - and they promise an exciting time of rehearsal. The composer's reactions to the task are as differently as they could be. Giya Kancheli admits that he only reluctantly worked with Bach's themes: Quoting was inadequate, he noted. Georgs Pelecis lets speak his love for Gould's early recording of the "Goldberg variations", Victoria Poleva reflected on the difficulty, to find a determinable shape in Bach's music. Aleksander Raskatov chose the first Bach piece he ever played, Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer refers to the relations between Glenn Gould, Bach and Schönberg. Carl Vine again points out that Glenn Gould compiled the music for George Roy Hill's film "Slaughterhouse Five" (1972) - where Vine discovered the music of Bach. Further composers who take part in this cycle are Leonid Desyatnikov, Victor Kissine, Ramina Šerkšnyte and Alexander Wustin.

From the rich qualities of this music, Glenn Gould's pianistic style and the personal experiences of the ten composers, a cycle originated, that shows a fascinating variety of sound, shape and instrumentation.

„The Art of Instrumentation" belongs to the main works studied during Chamber Music Connects the World. The rehearsal time effort will be comparable to Beethoven's op. 131 or Schumann's op. 44. From 12 May on, the rehearsals are open to the public. The audience is invited to follow the musicians in the rehearsal process.

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