Speaking drums

four poems for percussion and orchestra

Commissioned by Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco

Description

First performance:  29 September, 2013
Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Andrey Boreyko
Daniel Ciampolini, percussion

 

Text: Sándor Weöres and Jayadeva

 

Talking whilst playing the drum is not something unique. We can find it in traditional Indian percussion, and in jazz when musicians accompany their play with “Sprechgesang”. This piece goes the opposite way: It begins with the percussionist speaking nonsensically, the emphasis on the rhythm, which he then passes on to his instrument. Like the pure, childish joy of repeating the same word in a different tune, the soloist teaches his instrument to speak until the drums start to talk themselves.
The work was inspired by a poem by Sándor Weöres, where each sentence has a more complex form than the one before. Rhythms form words, words form sentences, and sentences create a narrative.
/Ann-yi Bingöl/

 

 

Synopsis

Parts:

I Tanzlied /Dance songs
II Nonsens Songs
III (Passacaglia: Intrada, Saltarello, Bourré, Passepied, Gigue, Allemande, Finale)

 

POEMS

1. Satz / First movement DANCE SONG

Poem by Sándor Weöres, original title: Táncdal (Dance Song/ Tanzlied)

 

panyigai panyigai panyigai
ü panyigai ü
panyigai panyigai panyigai
ü panyigai ü

 

kudora panyigai panyigai
kudora ü
panyigai kudora kudora
panyigai ü

 

kotta kudora panyigai
kudora kotta ü
kotta panyigai kudora
panyigai kotta ü

 

ház panyigai kudora
ü kudora kotta ház
kudora ház panyigai
ü panyigai ház kotta

Performances

23 Nov, 2019
Karlsruhe, Germany

Eötvös: Levitation, Speaking drums

Eötvös: Levitation
Eötvös: Speaking drums
Concert: 23 November, Karlsruhe, Germany

21 Nov, 2019
Geneve, Switzerland

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
cond: Julien Leroy
Venue: Victoria Hall

31 Oct, 2019
Budapest, Hungary

Eötvös: zeroPoints, Speaking drums, Per Luciano Berio

National Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungary
Martin Grubinger, percussion
Müpa Budapest

23 Sep, 2019
Hannover, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Staatsorchester Hannover
cond: Kevin John Edusei
Simone Rubino, percussion

22 Sep, 2019
Hannover, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Staatsorchester Hannover
cond: Kevin John Edusei
Simone Rubino, percussion

15 Mar, 2019
Dresden, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Staatskapelle Dresden
Chrstoph Gedschold, conductor
Simon Etzold, percussion
15 March, 2019, Dresden, Germany

2 Mar, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Martin Grubinger, perc.
Conductor: Zubin Mehta 

1 Mar, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Martin Grubinger, perc.
Conductor: Zubin Mehta 

28 Feb, 2019
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Martin Grubinger, perc.
Conductor: Zubin Mehta 

22 Jun, 2018
Firenze, Italy

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Simone Rubino, percussion
Gergely Madaras, conductor

18 May, 2018
Strassbourg, France

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Orchestre Philharmonique de Strassbourg
Martin Grubinger, percussion
Marco Letonja, conductor

17 May, 2018
Strassbourg, France

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Orchestre Philharmonique de Strassbourg
Martin Grubinger, percussion
Marco Letonja, conductor

5 May, 2018
Potsdam, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Conductor: Antonello Manacorda
Kammerakademie Potsdam, Nikolaisaal

1 Dec, 2017
Leipzig, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking Drums

Conductor: Andrés Orozco Estrada
Percussion: Martin Grubinger
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Venue: Gewandhaus, Großer Saal

 

30 Nov, 2017
Leipzig, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking Drums

Conductor: Andrés Orozco Estrada
Percussion: Martin Grubinger
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Venue: Gewandhaus, Großer Saal

19 Nov, 2017
Antwerpen, Belgium

Eötvös: Speaking Drums

Conductor: Elim Chan
Percussion: Martin Grubinger
Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Koningin Elisabethzaal

 

18 Nov, 2017
Brugge, Belgium

Eötvös: Speaking Drums

Conductor: Elim Chan
Percussion: Martin Grubinger
Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Venue: Concertgebouw

26 Mar, 2017
Heidelberg, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Juanjo Mena
Martin Grubinger, percussion

 

24 Mar, 2017
Zürich, Switzerland

Eötvös: Halleluja - Oratorium balbulum, Speaking drums

Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Martin Grubinger, percussion
Orchestra: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Venue: Tonhalle, Zürich

23 Mar, 2017
Zürich, Switzerland

Eötvös: Halleluja - Oratorium balbulum, Speaking Drums

Swiss premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Martin Grubinger, percussion
Orchestra: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Venue: Tonhalle, Zürich

22 Mar, 2017
Zürich, Switzerland

Halleluja - Oratorium balbulum, Speaking Drums

Swiss premiere
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
Martin Grubinger, percussion
Orchestra: Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich
Venue: Tonhalle, Zürich

20 Mar, 2017
Innsbruck, Austria

Eötvös: Speaking drums

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Juanjo Mena
Martin Grubinger, percussion

 

16 Mar, 2017
Munich, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Juanjo Mena
Martin Grubinger, percussion

 

14 Mar, 2017
Regensburg, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Juanjo Mena
Martin Grubinger, percussion

 

12 Mar, 2017
Essen, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Juanjo Mena
Martin Grubinger, percussion

 

3 Jun, 2016
Berlin, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
conductor: Marko Letonja
percussion: Martin Grubinger

6 May, 2016
Prague, Chech Republic

Eötvös: Speaking Drums, zeroPoints

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Martin Grubinger, percussion
Peter Eötvös, conductor

5 May, 2016
Prague, Chech Republic

Eötvös: Speaking Drums, zeroPoints

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Martin Grubinger, percussion
Peter Eötvös, conductor

4 May, 2016
Prague, Chech Republic

Eötvös: Speaking Drums, zeroPoints

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Martin Grubinger, percussion,
Peter Eötvös, conductor

18 Mar, 2016
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

HR Sinfonieorchester
conductor: Vasily Petrenko
percussion: Martin Grubinger
Venue: Frankfurt am Main, Alte Oper

17 Mar, 2016
Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

HR Sinfonieorchester
conductor: Vasily Petrenko
percussion: Martin Grubinger
Venue: Frankfurt am Main, Alte Oper

3 Feb, 2015
Rome, Italy

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Santa Cecilia Orchestra
cond.: Peter Eötvös
perc.: Martin Grubinger

2 Feb, 2015
Milano, Italy

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Santa Cecilia Orchestra
cond.: Peter Eötvös
perc.: Martin Grubinger

1 Feb, 2015
Rome, Italy

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Santa Cecilia Orchestra
cond.: Peter Eötvös
perc.: Martin Grubinger

31 Jan, 2015
Rome, Italy

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Santa Cecilia Orchestra
cond. Peter Eötvös
Martin Grubinger

22 Nov, 2014
Paris, France

Eötvös: Speaking drums, Cello Concerto Grosso, DoReMi

Speaking drums: perc. Martin Grubinger
Cello Concerto Grosso: vcl. Jean-Guihen Queyras
DoReMi:  vl. Midori
Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra

25 May, 2014
Braunschweig, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Camerata Salzburg,
Martin Grubinger, percussion
John Axelrod

 

 

 

24 May, 2014
Hamburg, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Camerata Salzburg,
Martin Grubinger, percussion
John Axelrod

 

 

 

22 May, 2014
Tokyo, Japan

Eötvös: Speaking drums, The gliding of the eagle in the skies, zeroPoints

NHK Orchestra
Martin Grubinger, percussion
cond.: Peter Eötvös

18 May, 2014
Rosenheim, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Camerata Salzburg,
Martin Grubinger, percussion
John Axelrod

 

17 May, 2014
Vienna, Austria

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Camerata Salzburg,
Martin Grubinger, percussion
John Axelrod

 

16 May, 2014
Salzburg, Austria

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Camerata Salzburg,
Martin Grubinger, percussion
John Axelrod

16 Feb, 2014
Cologne, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
cond.: Eötvös
Venue: Cologne Philharmonia

 

15 Feb, 2014
Dortmund, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
cond.: Eötvös

 

14 Feb, 2014
Essen, Germany

Eötvös: Speaking drums

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
cond.: Eötvös

29 Sep, 2013
Monte Carlo, Monaco

Eötvös: Speaking drums

new percussion concerto first performance
Orchestre Philharmonic de Monte Carlo
perc: Daniel Ciampolini
cond.: Andrey Boreyko

Details

Genre:
Duration:
20 minutes
Date:
2012/2013

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
Speaking drums
Concerto
20'perc21111 2110 211 66642

2 Flutes (2nd doubling Piccolo)

Oboe ( doubling cor anglais)

Clarinet in A

Bass Clarinet in BI,

Bassoon

2 Horns in F (metal-mute, sord. ord.)

Trumpet in Bb, (straight, wawa)

Trombone (straight, wawa, soft)

Harp

Celesta ( also Piano)

 

Percussion I:

Glockenspiel

Vibraphone (one for both

players)

Crotales

Cencerros / Cowbells

3 Cymbals

Sizzle Cymbal

Grelots

2 Bongos (high pitched)

Vibra Slap

2 hand-size stones to be held in the hand

 

Percussion II:

Vibraphone (one for both

players)

5 Gongs

Triangle

Tam-tam (low)

Tambourine with bells

2 Bongos (high pitched)

Bass Drum

Vibra Slap

2 Korean flagstones (freely suspended)

 

6 Violins I

6 Violins II

6 Violas

4 Violoncellos

2 Double basses

Further information

Zu trommeln und dabei zu sprechen ist nichts Neues. Man begegnet dem nicht selten in der indischen Perkussion sowie bei vielen Jazzmusikern, die ihr Klavierspiel mit Sprechgesang begleiten.

Dieses Stück realisiert den umgekehrten Weg, lässt den Schlagzeuger erst sinnfreie Texte sprechen. Die Emphase liegt auf dem Textrhythmus, den er im Laufe des ersten Satzes auf seine Instrumente überträgt. Vergleichbar dem Zustand der kindlichen Entdeckungsfreude beim Sagen und Wiederholen des gleichen Wortes in verschiedenartiger Melodie, lehrt der Solist im ersten Satz seinen Instrumenten das Sprechen, bis die Trommeln selbst zu plaudern beginnen.

Als Basis dient jeweils ein Gedicht von Sandor Weöres, das zunehmend komplexer vorgetragen wird. Die Rhythmen formen Worte, die Worte bilden Sätze, und die Sätze gestalten eine Erzählung…

/Ann-yi Bingöl/

 

 

Sound

Recordings

Videos

Leonie Klein: Speaking Drums

hr-Sinfonieorchester, Martin Grubinger – 2016

Martin Grubinger plays “Speaking Drums” from Eötvös, 2014

P. Eötvös & M. Grubinger: interview, 2016

Martin Grubinger, percussion
Berliner Philharmoniker – Berlin, 2019