Seven

concerto for violin No. 1 – Memorial for the Columbia Astronauts

Commissioned by Luzern Festival

Description

First performance: 6 September 2007, Lucerne, Switzerland
Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra
Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Akiko Suwanai, violin

 

First performance in Japan: 19 September 2008, Tokyo
NHK Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Akiko Suwanai, violin

 

 

The Columbia disaster on 1 February 2003 was a dramatic incident which moved me very deeply. Especially the television image of an empty astronaut´s helmet which had been found intact in a field among numerous pieces of debris symbolized to me the tragedy of this disaster that claimed the lives of seven people shortly before the return of the space shuttle to Earth.

For a long time, I had thought of writing a violin concerto. Against the background of the tragic events concerning the 28th Space Shuttle Mission, I took up this idea again: the violin concerto as a musical dialogue between soloist and orchestra seemed to me particularly suited to lend musical shape to the memory of the killed astronauts.

Performances

16 Oct, 2019
Brno, Czech Republic

Eötvös: Dialog mit Mozart, Seven

Closing Concert of Moravian Autumn.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Entführung aus dem Serail, Ouvertüre
Peter Eötvös: Dialogue with Mozart – Da Capo for Orchestra
Béla Bartók: Dance Suite
Peter Eötvös: Seven (Memorial for the Columbia Astronauts) for violin and orchestra
Béla Bartók: Divertimento for string orchestra

Conductors: Dennis Russel-Davies, Peter Eötvös

Brno Philharmonic

27 Nov, 2018
Dresden, Germany

Eötvös: Gliding of the eagle in the skies, Seven

Staatskapelle Dresden,
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Akiko Suwanai, violin
Venue: Dresden Kulturpalast

6 Jun, 2018
Münster, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

Sinfonieorchester Münster
Conductor: Golo Berg
Akiko Suwanai, violin
Venue: Münster Theater

5 Jun, 2018
Münster, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

Sinfonieorchester Münster
Conductor: Golo Berg
Akiko Suwanai, violin
Venue: Münster Theater

23 Feb, 2016
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

Gürzenich-Orchestra Köln
conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth
violin: Akiko Suwanai
Venue: Philharmonie Cologne

22 Feb, 2016
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

Gürzenich-Orchestra Köln
conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth
violin: Akiko Suwanai
Venue: Philharmonie Cologne

21 Feb, 2016
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

Gürzenich-Orchestra Köln
conductor: Francois-Xavier Roth
violin: Akiko Suwanai
Venue: Philharmonie Cologne

19 Jun, 2013
Wiesbaden, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

Hessisches Staatsorchester Wiesbaden
Conductor: Zsolt Hamar
Kurhaus - Wiesbaden

22 Mar, 2013
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

DSO Berlin, Germany
cond.: Pablo Heras-Casado
violin: Patricia Kopatchinskaja

21 Mar, 2013
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

DSO Berlin, Germany
cond.: Pablo Heras-Casado
violin: Patricia Kopatchinskaja

29 Jun, 2012
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

Eötvös: Seven, Bartók: Violin concerto recording (Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin)

Ligeti: Lontano
Eötvös: Seven
Bartók: Violin concerto

Cond: Peter Eötvös
HR Orchestra Frankfurt

1 Mar, 2012
Toronto, Canada

Eötvös: Seven, Replica

New Creations Festival

Vivier: Lonely Child (Barbara Hannigan)
Eötvös: Seven (Akiko Suwanai)
Kurtág: Messages op. 34
Cond: Peter Eötvös
Toronto Symphony Orchestra

30 Apr, 2011
Rome, Italy

Eötvös: Seven

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Particia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Santa Cecilia

4 Mar, 2011
Vienna, Austria

Eötvös: Seven

ORF Vienna
Cond: Peter Eötvös
Caroline Widmann, violine

22 Jan, 2011
St. Louis, Montaa, USA

Eötvös: Seven

St Louis Symph. Orch.
David Robertson, Akiko Suwanai

21 Jan, 2011
St. Louis, Montaa, USA

Eötvös: Seven

St Louis Symph. Orch.
David Robertson, Akiko Suwanai

15 Nov, 2009
Paris, France

Eötvös: IMA, Seven, Levitation, Snatches of a conversation

Composer portrait

Eötvös: IMA, Seven, Levitation
Zappa: 3 Orch. pieces
Bartók: Choirs

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Orch. Philharmonic Radio France

14 Nov, 2009
Paris, France

Eötvös: IMA, Seven, Levitation, Snatches of a conversation

Composer portrait

Eötvös: IMA, Seven, Levitation, Snatches of a conversation
Zappa: 3 Orch. pieces
Bartók: Choirs

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Orch. Philharmonic Radio France

13 Nov, 2009
Paris, France

Eötvös: IMA, Seven, Levitation, Snatches of a conversation

Composer portrait

Eötvös: IMA, Seven, Levitation
Zappa: 3 Orch. pieces
Bartók: Choirs

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Orch. Philharmonic Radio France

1 Nov, 2009
Madrid, Spain

Eötvös: Seven

Panisello: Mandala
Eötvös: Seven
Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Spanish National Orchestra

31 Oct, 2009
Madrid, Spain

Eötvös: Seven

Panisello: Mandala
Eötvös: Seven
Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Spanish National Orchestra

30 Oct, 2009
Madrid, Spain

Eötvös: Seven

Panisello: Mandala
Eötvös: Seven
Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht

Cond: Peter Eötvös
Spanish National Orchestra

13 Oct, 2009
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Eötvös: Seven

Cond: Alexander Brigger
Akiko Suwanai, violin
Prince Pierre Foundation, Monaco
Monaco Salle Garnier

20 Mar, 2009
Caen, France

Eötvös: Levitation, Seven, Steine

Composer in residence

Orchestre de Caen
Cond: Mark Foster
Akiko Suwanai, violin

 

20 Sep, 2008
Tokyo, Japan

Eötvös: Seven

Webern: Ricercare
Eötvös: Seven
Bartók: Concerto for orchestra

Akiko Suwanai, violin

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
NHK Orchestra

19 Sep, 2008
Tokyo, Japan

Eötvös: Seven

Webern: Ricercare
Eötvös: Seven
Bartók: Concerto for orchestra

Akiko Suwanai, violin

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
NHK Orchestra

6 Sep, 2008
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Seven

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Cond: Alexander Briger
Akiko Suwanai, violin

3 Sep, 2008
Gothenburg, Sweden

Eötvös: Seven

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Cond: Alexander Briger
Akiko Suwanai, violin

27 Aug, 2008
London, UK

Eötvös: Seven

London Prom, Albert Hall
London Philharmonia Orchestra

Cond: Susanna Mälkki
Akiko Suwanai, violin

30 Mar, 2008
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: Seven

Bartók: Four Pieces for orchestra
Eötvös: Seven
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Stravisnky: Firebird Suite

Akiko Suwanai, violin

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

28 Mar, 2008
Gothenburg, Sweden

Eötvös: Seven

Bartók: Four Pieces for orchestra
Eötvös: Seven
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Stravisnky: Firebird Suite

Akiko Suwanai, violin

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

27 Mar, 2008
Gothenburg, Sweden

Eötvös: Seven

Bartók: Four Pieces for orchestra
Eötvös: Seven
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Stravisnky: Firebird Suite

Akiko Suwanai, violin

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

21 Sep, 2007
Gothenburg, Sweden

Eötvös: Seven

Bartók: Four Pieces for orchestra
Eötvös: Seven
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Stravisnky: Firebird Suite

Akiko Suwanai, violin

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Gothenburg Symph. Orch.

20 Sep, 2007
Gothenburg, Sweden

Eötvös: Seven

Bartók: Four Pieces for orchestra
Eötvös: Seven
Wagner: Siegfried Idyll
Stravisnky: Firebird Suite

Akiko Suwanai, violin

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Gothenburg Symph. Orch.

6 Sep, 2007
Luzern, Switzerland

Eötvös: Seven

Conductor: Pierre Boulez
Akiko Suwanai, violin

Details

Genre:
Duration:
22 minutes
Date:
2006

Publisher information

Prizes

“Prix de Composition Musicale” – Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco, 2008

Orchestration     

TITLE Dur. Soloists & choir fl ob cl bcl bn   hn tpt tbn tba   perc pf hp   vn1 vn2 va vc db Other Tech
Seven
Concerto
22'vn33313 2221 401 60554sax,​sampler kbd,​egtramp

3 Flutes (1. also Alto Flute, 2./3. also Piccolo)

3 Oboes

3 Clarinets in A

Bass Clarinet

Baritone Saxophone (also Alto Saxophone)

3 Bassoons

2 Horns in F

2 Trumpets in C

2 Trombones (with 4th valve)

Tuba

 

Percussion 1:

Glockenspiel

Crotales

Gongs (sea seating arrangements)

2 Tubes (Anvils)

Tubular bells

Sizzle

Chinese Cymbal

Dome cymbal (diameter: 30-38 cm special Tibetian cymbal with a very small plain and a very big dome   )

Tamtam

Triangle

Coil spring

 

Percussion 2:

Vibraphone

Gongs (sea seating arrangements)

Glockenspiel

Tubular bells

Cymbals (high, medium, low)

Dome cymbal (diameter: 30-38 cm special Tibetian cymbal with a very small plain and a very big dome   )

Tamtam

Crotales

Sistrum

Triangle

Coil spring

 

Percussion 3:

Vibraphone

Gongs (sea seating arrangements)

Glockenspiel

Tubular bells

Cymbals (high, medium, low)

Dome cymbal (diameter: 30-38 cm special Tibetian cymbal with a very small plain and a very big dome   )

Crotales

2 Tubes (Anvils)

Triangle

Coil spring

 

Percussion 4:

Crotales

Gongs (sea seating arrangements)

Tubular bells

Sizzle

Chinese cymbal

Dome cymbal (diameter: 30-38 cm special Tibetian cymbal with a very small plain and a very big dome   )

Tamtam

Sistrum

2 Tubes (Anvils)

Triangle

Coil spring

 

E-Guitar (also with ‘Bass guitar’ – octave modul and bottle-neck)

Harp (amplified)

Keyboard (Sampler)

6 Violins (playing on the balcony)

5 Violas

5 Violoncellos

4 Double Basses

Technical information

AMPLIFICATION AND SOUND MATERIAL:

– 4 loudspeakers should be hanging as indicated in the score.
(If it’s not possible they have to be on stands, but it’s not ideal for the percussionist.)
– Harp is amplified
– E-guitar need its own monitor loudspeaker and it should have a line to the mixing desk.
– Keyboard need sound material, connected with Mac computer, all sounds can be played with “KONTAKT” software (3.5 version or higher).

If the software named KONTAKT is installed on your Mac computer, you can download the sound program from our server.

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

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The sound material is available for download

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ORCHESTRAL SET UP

– In the back of the stage there are 4 loudspeaker A-B-C-D, hanging 4-5 meters high. Connections: Harp to the AB, E-Guitar to the CD, Keyboard to the ABCD loudspeakers.
– In front of the loudspeakers there are 4 percussionists (1-2-3-4 from left to the right). The visual impression of the percussion is dominated by the four deepest gongs which are suspended at an equal distance head-on to the audience, just above head height of the musicians.
– In front of the percussion line are the harp (left), keyboard and E-guitar (right) together.
Both should have their own monitor loudspeaker and a line to the mixing desk.
– Flute 1 sits in front of the conductor’s stand, central (slighly left from the conductor) position, because of its solo at the end of the piece.
– 6 Violins play on the balconies in the hall:
Violin 1, 3, 5 on left balcony (front-middle-back position), Violin 2, 4, 6 on right balcony (front-middle-back position). They only need one stand with light and they play standing. Monitors, if needed.
– There should be a small mixing desk in the hall.

The sound engineer should attend all rehearsals.

 

 

Further information

Die Columbia-Katastrophe am 1. Februar 2003 war ein dramatisches Ereignis, das mich außerordentlich berührt hat. Vor allem das Fernsehbild eines leeren Astronautenhelmes, der unversehrt inmitten zahlloser Trümmerstücke auf die Erde gestürzt war, versinnbildlichte für mich die Tragik dieses Unglückes, bei dem sieben Menschen kurz vor der Rückkehr der Raumfähre auf die Erde ihr Leben verloren.

Seit langem schon dachte ich darüber nach, ein Violinkonzert zu schreiben. Vor dem Hintergrund der tragischen Ereignisse um die 28. Space Shuttle Mission griff ich diese Idee wieder auf; das Violinkonzert als musikalischer Dialog zwischen Solist und Orchester schien mir besonders geeignet, der Erinnerung an die verunglückten Astronauten musikalische Form zu geben.

Sound

Recordings

Video

NHK Symph. Orch. Tokyo
Akiko Suwanai, violin – 2006

2/1 Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Helsinki Music Centre – 2013

2/2 Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin
Helsinki Music Centre – 2013

Seven: V. Part II, Patricia Kopatchinskaja,
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra – 2012