Octet

for flute, clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones

Commissioned by Reina Sofia School of Music, Madrid

Description

First performance: 2 April 2008
Ensemble Modern, Frankfurt

 

OCTET was commissioned by the Reina Sofia School of Music and was composed in memoriam of Stockhausen.

The number ‘8’ is linked to Stockhausen in many ways as he would’ve been 80 years old in 2008. He was mostly using the 8-channel sound technique within his electronic compositions such as in the ‘Octophonie’ .

OCTET is the realization of Samuel Beckett’s radio play “Embers”, from which I took out some extracts and used it for OCTET .

The unusual wind-instrument set-up (Flute, Clarinet, two Bassoons, two Trumpets, two Trombones) makes it possible for the players to play it on the same program as Stravinsky’s Octet.

 

Synopsis

Text: fragments from Beckett’s Embers

Henry:
That sound you hear is the sea, we are sitting on the strand.
I mention it because the sound is so strange, so unlike the sound of the sea,
that if you didn´t see what it was you wouldn´t know what it was.

I never finished anything, everything always went on for ever.

Riding Master:
Now Miss! Elbows in Miss!  Hands down Miss! Now Miss!
Back straight Miss! Knees in Miss! Now Miss! Tummy in Miss!
Chin up Miss! Now Miss! Eyes front Miss! Now Miss! Now Miss!

Henry:
Waiting in the dark, no light, only the light of the fire,
and no sound of any kind, only the fire.
Dead silence then, not a sound, only the fire.
Silence in the house, not a sound.

Ada:
I hope you put on your jaegers. Did you put on your jaegers, Henry?

Henry: What happened was this, I put them on and then I took them off again and then I put them on again and then I took them off again and then I took them on again and then I –

Ada:  Have you them on now?

Henry: I don´t know.

 

Performances

29 Nov, 2021
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Kosmos, Cadenza, Octet

chamber concerto
Adrian Heger, piano and conductor
Apollosaal
Staatsoper unter des Linden

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20 Aug, 2021
Annecy, France

Eötvös: Octet

Conductor Seminar
Ars Nova Ensemble
European Creative Academy

9 Jan, 2021
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Octet

Ligeti Ensemble
Conductor: András Keller
Venue: Budapest Music Center

8 Jun, 2014
Rome, Italy

Eötvös: Psy, Dance of the brush-footed butterfly, Korrespondenz, Encore, Octet

I Solisti Aquilani
cond: Vittoriano Vinciguerra

10 Jan, 2014
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Octet

Concerto Budapest
conducted by Zoltan Racz
Budapest Music Center

5 Nov, 2013
Vienna, Austria

Eötvös: Octet

Ensemble Kontrapunkte
conductor: Peter Keuschnig
Musikverein Wien, Brahms-Saal

15 Sep, 2012
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Eötvös: Octet

Ij-Salon concert

10 Mar, 2012
Toronto, Canada

Eötvös: Psy, Octet, Windsequenzen

New Creations Festival

Jeney: Heraclitian Fragments
Eötvös: Psy
Eötvös: Octet
Eötvös: Windsequenzen
Stravinsky: Octet

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

21 Oct, 2009
Madrid, Spain

Eötvös: Octet

Eötvös: Octet
Ligeti: Concerto for violoncello
Bartók: Divertimento
Cond: Peter Eötvös
Reina Sofia School of Music

2 Apr, 2008
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Octet, Sonata per sei

First performance

Eötvös: Sonata per sei
Eötvös: Octet
J. Harvey: Sprechgesang
van der Aa: Here

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Ensemble Modern

Details

Genre:
Duration:
13 minutes
Date:
2008

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
Octet
Ensemble
13'10102 0220 000 00000

flute, clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones

Further information

Wurde von der Reina Sofia School of Music, Madrid in Auftrag gegeben und  in memoriam an Karlheinz Stockhausen geschrieben.

Die Zahl “Acht” steht in mehrfacher Beziehung zu Stockhausen, dessen  achzigster Geburtstag 2008 gewesen wäre.
In seinen elektronischen Kompositionen (z.B. “Octophonie”) hat
Stockhausen hauptsächlich eine achtkanälige Technik verwendet.

OCTET ist eine musikalische Realisierung von Samuel Beckett´s Hörspiel  “Embers” (“Aschenglut”), aus dem einige Textausschnitte in einer  weiteren Version mit zusätzlichem Sopran-Solo unter dem Titel OCTET PLUS  vertont wurden.
Beide Stücke können unabhängig voneinander aufgeführt werden.

Die ungewöhnliche Bläserbesetzung (Flöte, Klarinette, zwei Fagotte, zwei  Trompeten, zwei Posaunen) ermöglicht den Spielern des gleich besetzten Octets von Strawinsky ihr Repertoire zu erweitern.

/Peter Eötvös/

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Video

Ensemble intercontemporain
Paris – 2017