Two plus many

Miroslav Srnka’s “Is This Us?”

Miroslav Srnka explored the varied and diverse tonal possibilities of a single instrument in “Coronae”, his 2010 composition for solo horn for Saar Berger – alluding to the shimmering gold of a crown, to the circle of a solar eclipse. In his new concert composition “Is This Us?” this sound exploration is taken further: two solo horns confront a group of many instruments – an orchestra woven into many individual voices. The title is inspired by a passage from “Winter” by the Norwegian author Karl-Ove Knausgaard, a reflection on identities: “For we ourselves, we are always who we are, whereas for others, who we are is something which gradually emerges, something which arrives and then disappears again.” The work will be premiered on 12 May at the Acht Brücken Festival in the Philharmonie Cologne with soloists Premysl Vojta and Saar Berger (horns) and the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Elena Schwarz. (Photo: Kaupo Kikkas)

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