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Haas' Night

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Georg Friedrich Haas has become one of the most interesting modern composers over the last ten years. As with the ideas behind his seemingly simple but canningly complex pieces, this has a plethora of reasons.

First of all, his micro tonal systems which rely heavily on harmonics were one of the re-discoveries that shaped music in the 90s. And secondly, his music has quite a lot in common with many artists coming from a totally different tradition. Take Belgian sound artist Dirk Serries, also known as Vidna Obmana, and compare his more recent albums and their loss of tonal absoluteness to Haas' efforts to explore the "infra red" zone of chord-schemes and you'll get a remarkable intersection. Or listen to Peter Hübners meditative electronic compositions and find the similiarities.

When the Ensemble Modern presented Haas' Sextet in Frankfurt last year, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany's biggest serious news paper) claimed that modern music had never been "as permeable to other genres" as on that night.
A third reason for Haas' success is his reception in the public eye. Behind his works, there seems to be an element of confusion, confrontation and of coping with the foreign and this has often been interpretated as a political statement. As always, this is open for interpretation. One thing's for sure, though: Already reading about his oeuvre makes one anxious to listen to it.

That's why you should take the opportunity to attend "Nacht" (Night), an opera with a libretto consisting of poems by the famous poet Hölderlin who died famously young and in a state of severe derangement (Umnachtung in German). Nothing romantic about this music, which on a metaphorical level also deals with the disappointment about the failure of about every single utopia. Once again, Frankfurt is the place to be, the "Bockenheimer Depot" the location of your choice and there will be several performances starting June 19th.

Homepage: Georg Friedrich Haas / Bockenheimer Depot
Source: Georg Friedrich Haas at Universal Edition
Source: Georg Friedrich Haas played by the Ensemble Modern

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