Multiversum

for Organ, Hammond Organ and Orchestra

in memoriam Pierre Boulez

Co-commissioned by: ElbPhilharmonie Hamburg, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Kölner Philharmonie (KölnMusik),
Center for Fine Arts (BOZAR) Brussels, Müpa Budapest, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Philharmonie de Paris,
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Southbank Centre

Description

First performance: 10 October 2017 – Hamburg, Elbphilharmonia
Concertgebouw Orchestra
Conductor:Peter Eötvös
Iveta Apkalna, László Fassang

 

“Since Yuri Gagarin´s journey into space in 1961, technological advancements have caused us to marvel at the miracle of the cosmos. Research like Witten´s theory of the eleven dimensions and string theory has astounded us with its speculation on the nature of outer space, and has spurred me on in my compositional fantasy.
My work consists of three movements: Expansion, Multiversum and Time and Space.
It surrounds the audience with sound from all sides. The concert organ is played at the front of the hall and, although also played onstage, the rotating tone of the Hammond organ will sound from the back. The orchestral seating will reinforce the spatial impression of a tonal universe with the strings on the left, the woodwinds on the right and brass and percussion dispersed across the entire width of the stage.”

/Peter Eötvös – 2017/

Performances

30 Nov, 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Multiversum

Konzerhaus Wien, Vienna
Wiener Symphoniker
Leo Hussain
Iverta Apkalna, Laszlo Fassang, organ

7 Feb, 2019
London, UK

Eötvös: Multiversum

Schönberg: Op 34
Bartók: Dance suite
Stravinsky: Symphony in 3 movements
Eötvös: Multiversum

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Philharmonia Orchestra
South Bank Center

30 Mar, 2018
Seoul, South Korea

Eötvös: Multiversum

Korean premiere
Iveta Apkalna, László Fassang - organ
Conductor: Péter Eötvös
Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra

Lotte Concert Hall

8 Dec, 2017
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Dialog mit Mozart, Multiversum

Mozart: Ouvertüre "Entführung aus dem Serail"
Eötvös: Dialog mit Mozart
Reger: Mozart Variationen
Eötvös: Multiversum
Cond: Peter Eötvös
HR Orchestra Frankfurt
Alte Oper Frankfurt

 

 

7 Dec, 2017
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Dialog mit Mozart, Multiversum

Mozart: Ouvertüre "Entführung aus dem Serail"
Eötvös: Dialog mit Mozart
Reger: Mozart Variationen
Eötvös: Multiversum
Cond: Peter Eötvös
HR Orchestra Frankfurt
Alte Oper Frankfurt

30 Nov, 2017
Geneve, Switzerland

Eötvös: Multiversum

Swiss premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

29 Nov, 2017
Geneve, Switzerland

Eötvös: Multiversum

Swiss premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

24 Nov, 2017
Paris, France

Eötvös: Multiversum

French premiere
Conductor: Pascal Rophé
Orchestra: Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire
Venue: Philharmonie

 

20 Oct, 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Eötvös: Multiversum

Iveta Apkalna, Laszlo Fassang - organ
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Amsterdam Concertgebouw

19 Oct, 2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Eötvös: Multiversum

Dutch premiere
Iveta Apkalna, Laszlo Fassang - organ
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Amsterdam Concertgebouw

14 Oct, 2017
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Multiversum

Hungarian permiere
Iveta Apkalna, Laszlo Fassang - organ
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
MÜPA

12 Oct, 2017
Brussels, Belgium

Eötvös: Multiversum

Belgian permiere
Iveta Apkalna, Laszlo Fassang - organ
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Palais des Beaux-Arts

11 Oct, 2017
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Multiversum

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Iveta Apkalna, Laszlo Fassang - organ
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest

10 Oct, 2017
Hamburg, Germany

Eötvös: Multiversum

World premiere
Iveta Apkalna, Laszlo Fassang - organ
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Elbphilharmonie

Details

Genre:
Duration:
33 minutes
Date:
2017

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
Multiversum
Concerto
33'org,​hammond org33303 4330 400 606642sax,​cel,​ timpamp

3 Flutes (3rd doubling piccolo)

3 Oboes (3rd doubling cor anglais)

3 Clarinets in Bb (1st and 2nd doubling in A, 3rd doubling bass clarinet)

Tenor saxophone

Baritone saxophone

3 Bassoons

 

4 Horns in F

3 Trumpets in C

3 Trombones

Tuba

Timpani (doubling Chinese cymbal on Timpani)

 

Percussion: (3 Players)

I.(Behind the strings):

Timpani

Glockenspiel

2 Crotales a2 (held in hands and struck against each other)

Tubular bells (poss. freely suspended, without stand)

Triangle

Pair of cymbals

Cymbal (high), with metal threaded rod (diameter: 4mm)

Chinese cymbal on timpani (large, well singing)

5 Gongs

2 Maracas, loud (very high/high)

 

II (behind the tuba)

Timpani

2 Crotales a2 (held in hands and struck against each other)

Vibraphone

Tubular bells (poss. freely suspended, without stand)

Cymbal (medium), with metal threaded rod (diameter: 4mm)

Chinese cymbal on timpani (large, well singing)

5 Gongs

2 Metal tubes (high), with 2 small hammers

2 Maracas, loud (very high/high)

 

III (behind the woodwinds)

Timpani

2 Crotales a2 (held in hands and struck against each other)

2 „classical” Cymbales antiques (sounding very nice and long)

Tubular bells (poss. freely suspended, without stand)

Triangle

Cymbal (low), with meta! threaded rod (diameter: 4mm)

Chinese cymbal on timpani (large, well singing)

5 Gongs

Tam-tam

2 Maracas, loud (very high/high)

 

 

Celesta

6 Violins

6 Violas

6 Violoncellos

4 Double basses

 

It’s necessary to place 4 microphones around the Leslie box of the hammond organ to obtain a quasi-stereo reproduction ofthe ambient sound in the audience. The sound engineer has to sit in the audience to control the sound.

Further information

“Seit Juri Gagarins Flug ins All 1961 überrascht uns die technische Entwicklung ständig mit neuen kosmischen Wunderbildern, und Forschungen wie Wittens Theorie der elf Dimensionen oder die String-theorie verblüffen mit Spekulationen über die Beschaffenheit des Weltraums und beflügeln meine kompositorische Fantasie.
Mein Stück had drei Sätze: Expansion, Multiversum, Time and Space.
Es wird den Hörer von allen Seiten mit Klang umgeben. Vorne erklingt die Konzertorgel, von hinten die Hammond-Orgel, die zwar auf dem Podium gespielt wird, deren rotierenden Klang man jedoch aus der entgegengesetzten Richtung hören wird. Die Aufstellung des Orchesters verstärkt den räumlichen Eindruck eines Klanguniversums: Die Streiche sind links, die Holzbläser rechts positioniert und die Blechbläser sowie das Schlagzeug werden über die volle Breite des Podiums verteilt.”

/Peter Eötvös – 2017/

Sound

Recordings

Video

hr-Sinfonieorchester, Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Iveta Apkalna, Organ; László Fassang, Hammond-Organ; Alte Oper Frankfurt – 2017