Jet Stream

for trumpet and orchestra

Commissioned by BBC Symphony Orchestra, London

Description

First performance: 15 February 2003, London
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Markus Stockhausen, trumpet

 

First performance of revised version: 19 May 2017 Frankfurt Am Main
HR-Sinfonieorchester
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet

 

Since my childhood jazz has represented a mysterious, forbidden world, because I always used to listen to it on a shortwave radio, which was forbidden in Hungary at the time. In the 50s listening to shortwave radio was the same as listening to western anticommunist propaganda. Mostly only the jamming transmitters, noise and whistling, interference, were audible. The music itself always came from the background, as if it were coming from Mars. Over the years, I got used to this. So when I first heard live jazz in the 60s, I felt something important was missing. Somehow it was so empty. Back then I had read far more into the constant jamming signals and noises. They were delicate signs, and dangerous, because by listening to jazz I brought upon my family the risk of being reported to the police.

The wonderful, confused sounds of my childhood later, sadly, became separate: I managed to find the shortwave murmurs in electronic music, and musique concrete; and jazz, fortunately, has kept its mysterious attraction to this day, even without noise.

Jet Stream is a painting, horizontal stripes made with brushes of varying thickness (up to several kilometres wide), dangerous yellow – blue – silvery colours, the energy of high altitude winds, the drifting which can be like a Japanese crowd in a one-way street, where only one person (the trumpeter) tries to go in the opposite direction. Drifting and resistance…

My jazz-based compositions “use” the pulse of jazz, and at times its harmonies, articulations and gestures, but they do not have the beauty of live jazz, the magic of that “moment”. Rather, the three composed pieces are a “message in a bottle” from my world to jazz lovers.

/Péter Eötvös/

Performances

13 Dec, 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Eötvös: Jet Stream

With: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Cond: Péter Eötvös

12 Dec, 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Cond: Péter Eötvös
With: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

 

 

11 Dec, 2019
Prague, Czech Republic

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Cond: Péter Eötvös
With: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

 

 

19 May, 2017
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Jet Stream - new version

HR Orchestra, Frankfurt
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Trumpet: Hakan Hardenbergen
Alte Oper Frankfurt

18 May, 2017
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Jet Stream - new version

HR Orchestra, Frankfurt
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Trumpet: Hakan Hardenbergen
Alte Oper Frankfurt

19 Jul, 2013
Szombathely, Hungary

Eötvös: Jet Stream

International Bartók Festival
Savaria Symph. Orchestra
cond. Peter Eötvös

24 Oct, 2008
Vilnius, Lithuania

Eötvös: Jet stream

Gaida Festival Vilnius
National Philh. Orch. Vilnius

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet

4 Oct, 2008
Munich, Germany

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Munich Philharm. Orch.

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Hakan Hardenbergen, trumpet

3 Oct, 2008
Munich, Germany

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Munich Philharm. Orch.

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Hakan Hardenbergen, trumpet

2 Oct, 2008
Munich, Germany

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Munich Philharm. Orch.

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Hakan Hardenbergen, trumpet

24 Jun, 2007
Braunschweig, Germany

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Cond: Jonas Alber
Marco Blaauw, trumpet

6 May, 2006
Melbourne, Australia

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Melbourne Symph. Orch.

Cond: Markus Stenz

Tristram Williams, trumpet

10 Mar, 2006
Lisbon, Portugal

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Gulbenkian Orchestra

Cond: Peter Eötvös

Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet

9 Mar, 2006
Lisbon, Portugal

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Gulbenkian Orchestra

Cond: Peter Eötvös

Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet

3 Sep, 2005
Germany

Eötvös: zeroPoints, Jet Stream

3-12 September, German tour 9 concerts
Junge Deutsche Philh.

Cond: Peter Eötvös

18 May, 2005
Paris, France

Eötvös: zeroPoints, Jet Stream

Philharmonic de Radio France

Cond: Peter Eötvös

29 Jun, 2003
Bielefeld, Germany

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Bielefelder Symphoniker
Markus Stockhausen, trumpet

27 Jun, 2003
Bielefeld, Germany

Eötvös: Jet Stream

Bielefelder Symphoniker
Markus Stockhausen, trumpet

30 Mar, 2003
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: zeroPoints, Jet Stream

Eötvös: zeroPoints
Eötvös: Jet Stream (Markus Stockhausen)
Debussy: Jeux
Debussy: La mer
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Cond: Péter Eötvös
Budapest Spring Festival

21 Feb, 2003
Stockholm, Sweden

Eötvös: zeroPoints, Jet Stream, Atlantis

Eötvös: zeroPoints
Eötvös: Jet Stream (Markus Stockhausen)
Eötvös: Atlantis

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic

Cond: Péter Eötvös

New Music Festival, February 17-21

15 Feb, 2003
London, UK

Eötvös: Jet Stream

First performance
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Cond: Peter Eötvös
Markus Stockhausen, trumpet

15 Jan, 2003
London, UK

Eötvös: zeroPoints, Jet Stream

Eötvös: zeroPoints
Eötvös: Jet Stream - new trumpet concerto premiere (Markus Stockhausen)
Debussy: Jeux
Debussy: La mer
BBC Symphony Orchestra

 

Details

Genre:
Duration:
18 minutes
Date:
2002

Publisher information

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Jet Stream
Concerto
18'tpt43313 4331 400 12128882sax,​sampler kbd,​celamp

2 Piccolos

2 Flutes

3 Oboes (3rd doubling cor anglais)

4 Clarinets (1st and 2nd in A, 3rd in A (doubling Eb clarinet), 4th in Bb (doubling hass clarinet in Bb)

2 Tenor saxophones (1st doubling soprano saxophone, 2nd doubling alto saxophone)

3 Bassoons (3rd doubling contra bassoon)

4 Horns in F (mutes: all sord., 1st and 2nd hard, 3rd and 4th soft)

3 Trumpets in Bb (mutes: wooden, wawa, harmon)

Position: 1st on the left, behind the violins I

2nd in the back of the middle

3rd on the right, behind the double basses

All trumpet players are standing on a podium.
Together with the trumpet solo (close to the conductor) the four trumpets

are representing the form of a rhomb.

2 Trombones (mutes: 1st and 2nd sord., straight, wawa; 2nd harmon)

Bass trombone (mutes: sord., straight)

Tuba (sord.)

 

Percussion: (4 players, no timpani player)

I.

5 Crotales

Vibraphone (with motor) (part could be played on one instrument with player 2)

5 Tubular bells

2 Plate bells

Cymbal

Sizzle cymbal

Tam-tam (very low)

Tarnbourine (middle)

Bongo (high)

Wood block (high)

II.

Xylophone

Vibraphone (with motor) (part could be played on one instrument with player 1)

5 Tubular bells

2 Plate bells

2 Gongs

Cymbal (middle)

Sizzle Cymbal

Tam-tam (low)

Bongo (low)

III.

Glockenspiel (with pedal)

Marimba (part could be played on one instrument with player 4)

6 Tubular bells

2 Plate bells

2 Gongs

Cymbal

Sizzle cymbal

Tam-tam (low)

Anvil (tube, high)

Tambourine (high)

Snare drum

IV.

Marimba (part could be played on one instrument with player 3)

3 Crotales

4 Plate bells

7 Cowbells

2 Gongs

Indian bells

Cymbal

Crash cymbal

Sizzle cymbal

Tam-tam

Snare drum

 

Celesta

Keyboard

 

12 Violins I

10 Violins II

8 Violas

8 Violoncellos

6 Double basses

Technical information

The pianist plays on Master Keyboard.
Needed equipment:
Master Keyboard with KONTAKT Computer Program

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Instrument photo:

Indian Bells

Further information

A jazz gyerekkorom óta a titokzatos, tiltott világot jelenti, mert mindig a – Magyarországon tiltott – rövidhullámú rádión hallgattam. Az ötvenes években rövidhullámot hallgatni egyet jelentett a nyugati antikommunista propaganda figyelésével; ugyan többnyire csak a zavaróadók, zörej és sípolás, interferenciák voltak hallhatók, maga a zene a háttérből szólt, mintha a Marsról jönne. Ehhez az évek folyamán úgy hozzászoktam, hogy amikor a hatvanas években először hallottam élő jazzt, nagyon hiányzott valami. Valahogy olyan üres volt. Az állandó zavarózajokból annak idején sokkal több információt hallottam ki. Finom jelek voltak, veszélyesek, hiszen a családunkra a rendőri feljelentés veszélye leselkedett a jazzhallgatás miatt.

Gyerekkorom gyönyörű hangzavara később sajnos szétvált: a rövidhullámú zörejeket sikerült megtalálnom az elektronikus és konkrét-zenében, míg a jazz szerencsére zörej nélkül is megtartotta titokzatos vonzását a mai napig.
A Jet Stream egy festmény, horizontális csíkok különböző vastagságú ecsetekkel (több kilométer széles is lehet), veszélyes sárgás-kékes-higany színek, a magaslégköri szelek energiája, a sodrás, ami olyan is lehet, mint egy japán embertömeg az egyirányú utcán, ahol csak egy valaki (a trombitás) próbál az ellenkező irányba menni. Sodrás és ellenállás…

Jazz-szerű kompozícóim „használják” a jazz pulzálását, időnként a harmóniáit, artikulációit és gesztusait is, de nincs meg bennük a live-jazz szépsége, a „pillanat” varázsa. A darab ezért inkább „üzenet”, egy palackposta az én világomból azok felé, akik szeretik a jazzt.

/Eötvös Péter/

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DIAPASON review – March 2020

 

CLASSICA review – March 2020

 

Sound

Recordings

Video

hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Håkan Hardenberger, Trompete
Peter Eötvös, Dirigent – Alte Oper Frankfurt, 2017