Ash fire : Contrapunctus IX
by Andrew Schultz (2000)
Also known as: Contrapunctus IX
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Ash Fire for chamber orchestra was commissioned by the European Union as part of a project of re-elaboration and completion of Die Kunst der Fuge by J.S.Bach, recognised as Special Cultural Event 2000 by the European Commission, co-ordinated by Luciano Berio and organised by Istituzione Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto "A. Belli".
The project involved the recomposition of Bach's famous set of fugues with each fugue assigned to a different composer from all parts of Europe. The set was premiered in Spoleto, Italy in June 2001 and also received performances in the UK, Holland and Germany.
Ash Fire, is based around the ninth fugue and divides the orchestra into two groups - soli and tutti. Ash Fire superimposes the Bach Contrapunctus IX onto a layer of original orchestral music - creating a kind of millennial counterpoint as the two pieces unfold on their own tracks. The music is fast and and highly virtuosic for the players.
Instrumentation: Solo oboe, 2 solo alto saxophones, solo bassoon, solo violin, 2 solo violas, solo violoncello, piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 clarinets in B flat, bass clarinet in B flat, 2 horns in F, 2 trumpets in C, tenor trombone, tuba, percussion (2 players), harp, piano, double bass.
Duration: 4 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by European Union.
First performance: Jun 01. Performed EOTLiS, Spoleto - Bufalini, Spolet, The Hague, London, Lyon
Project of re-elaboration and completion of Die Kunst der Fuge by J.S. Bach.
Recognised as Special Cultural Event 2000 by the European Commission, co-ordinated by Luciano Berio and organised by Istituzione Lirico Sperimentale di Spoleto 'A. Belli'"
Performances of this work
Jun 01: Performed EOTLiS, Spoleto - Bufalini, Spolet, The Hague, London, Lyon
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