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Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG
Kesselhaus Josephsohn
Galerie Felix Lehner AG

Hommage à Josephsohn
A Sound Installation by Hans-Peter Frehner

ensemble für neue musik zürich
Kesselhaus Josephsohn, St.Gallen

May 29, 2011 Event date: 15.00

Hans-Peter Frehner is a flutist, composer and the artistic director of the «ensemble für neue musik zürich». Having known the sculptor Hans Josephsohn personally since the beginning of the 1980s, he attended the opening of «La Congiunta», the Josephsohn museum built by Peter Märkli in Giornico in Ticino, in 1992. Since then, Hans-Peter Frehner has been fascinated by the idea of composing music to Josephsohn's sculptures and reliefs: «In realizing the idea, I would have liked to play on these bronzes – but since this is a sacrilege and «touching» the figures in this way is out of the question, the next best idea was to exclusively make use of instruments made from the same material as the figures for my sound installation: chimes, crotales, cymbals, gongs....» His composition honoring Josephsohn's work consists of 63 sound groups of varying lengths that fluidly intertwine with one another. It is not possible, however, to ascribe these sound figures to individual sculptures – but rather in the sound composition by Hans-Peter Frehner, the similarity between each of the unique sculptures by Josephsohn finds an analogy in the similarity between the individual sound figures. The composition is conceived for a reverberant space such as that in the museum «La Congiunta» or in the Kesselhaus Josephsohn, where it will be performed in the high-ceilinged space on May 29. The public will be able to move between the figures and thus experience the composition along with the sculptures as one entity.


ensemble für neue musik zürich
Hans-Peter Frehner/Flute, Manfred Spitaler/Clarinet, Viktor Müller/Crotales, Lorenz Haas/Chimes, Urs Bumbacher/Violin, Nicola Romanò/Cello
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