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06.05.2014 15:06

Unending tonal landscape

Miroslav Srnka's "No Night No Land No Sky" in Cologne

Miroslav Srnka (photo: Klara Bergmannová)

Miroslav Srnka’s new composition No Night No Land No Sky for chamber orchestra receives its premiere on 18 May in the Philharmonie Cologne. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, conducted by Aziz Shokhakimov, performs. In this piece for chamber orchestra, Miroslav Srnka develops a seemingly unending tonal landscape, changing within itself. The classical orchestra, with double wind and timpani, becomes the place of a development repeatedly expanding from fine, focussed moments to dense, laden sound fields, then returning to the reduced texture – as if looking into an unending frozen landscape, as if attempting to focus individual contours within it, to then be lost again in the expanse, without being able to make out whether they are driving masses of snow, solid ice surfaces or simply shrouded skies.

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