Public concerts

Thematic focus 2020: Chaos

Chaos and music don’t seem to go very well together, what with music generally being somewhat organised and structured and therefore inherently not chaos. Nevertheless, this topic is suited as thematic focus of the Ensemble-Academy: On the one hand, this is because throughout the course of its history, music has always been subject to a constant process of change, and because at any point in time, there would be critics accusing contemporary composers of creating works of chaos; on the other hand, it is because there have always been attempts to express (natural, warlike, man-made) chaos through sound.

A prominent example of this is the opening sequence of Jean-Féry Rebel’s suite Les élémens, which will be the covered as part of orchestra class offered by the Freiburger Barockorchester. In this piece we can find one of the earliest clusters in the history of music, at the moment the elements emerge from chaos.

Chaotic conditions can also arise out of Roman Haubenstock-Ramati’s thusly structured graphic notation of his piece multiple 5, which will be performed by ensemble recherche.

Nevertheless, chaos cannot exist without its counterpart, order: thus, any piece of music is bound to display, to varying degrees, the ever-changing conditions between chaos and order, freedom and structure, so that the game between the two antagonists continuously resurfaces within (modern) compositions of all eras.

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Program Opening Concert

Monday, 7.9.2020, 8 pm
Members of the Freiburger BarockConsort and the ensemble recherche
Ensemblehaus

Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber: Battalia
Francesco Durante: Concerto in A-Dur, «La Pazzia» (der Wahnsinn)
Georg Philipp Telemann, 6 Kanonische Sonaten, Nr. 2 D-Dur (TWV 40:119)
Georg Philipp Telemann, 6 Kanonische Sonaten, Nr. 6 in g-Moll (TWV 40:123)
Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, multiple 5
Gonçalo Gato, Elementos
Vito Žuraj, Ruée