Ensemble course with Ensemble Modern (DE). At the course the ensemble prepares and performs Theseus Game by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, guest composer of Time of Music and one of the great names in European contemporary music. Theseus Game is composed for 30 musicians and 2 conductors, and it was premiered by Ensemble Modern in 2003 in Ruhrtriennale. The work is one of the best known pieces of Birtwistle’s later period and not yet heard in Finland. Theseus Game will be performed by orchestra that consists of both course attendees and players of Ensemble Modern.
The composer, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2014, is present at the festival and in the performance. Conductors are Frank Ollu and Johannes Kalitzke.
The course consists of ensemble playing and private lessons from the musicians of Ensemble Modern.
The mentors and Theseus Game players of Ensemble Modern are:
Dietmar Wiesner, flutes
Christian Hommel, oboe
Nina Janßen-Deinzer / Jaan Bossier, clarinet
Johannes Schwarz, bassoon
Saar Berger, french horn
Sava Stoianov / Valentin Garvie, trumpet
Uwe Dierksen, trombone
Ueli Wiget / Hermann Kretzchmar, piano
Rumi Ogawa, percussions
David Haller, percussions
Jagdish Mistry, violin
Giorgos Panagiotidis, violin
Megumi Kasakawa, viola
Eva Böcker / Michael M. Kasper, cello
More information about musicians: https://www.ensemble-modern.com/en/ensemble_modern/members
See the piece here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryVS8NlIWAY
The student orchestra of Theseus Game consists of:
flute (also piccolo and alto)
oboe (also cor anglais)
clarinet (Eb clarinet or bass clarinet)
percussions (1 player)
violin (2 players)
viola (2 players)
cello (2 players)
You can apply for the above mentioned instruments. When filling in the course application form, please list all the instruments that you play.
Ensemble Modern, founded in 1980 and based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is internationally considered one of the best ensembles of contemporary music. The ensemble visited Finland in 1987 Helsinki Biennale.
Guest composer Sir Harrison Birtwistle
The 80-year-old composer is no doubt one of the most distinguished living composers in the world. He is best known for his large scale operas played in England and abroad, for example in Salzburg and Holland Festivals. His music has been interpreted by Pierre Boulez and Daniel Barenboim among others, and he has received several prizes, of which most noteworthy are the Grawemayer Award and Ernst von Siemens Music Prize.
Archaic rituals and complex labyrinth-like structures are characteristic features in his original musical language. The composer will be in Time of Music for rehearsals and performances of his pieces as well as discussions open to public.