CONCERTO „BACH-METAMORPHOSEN“ (Bach metamorphoses) for oboe, violoncello and harpsichord (2013)
Duration: 18 minutes
Movements: 1: Allegro 2: Adagio sopra „Herr unser Herrscher“ (Lord, our ruler) 3: Vivace non troppo
Instrumentation: Oboe, violoncello, harpsichord (there is also a version for oboe, string orchestra and harpsichord)
Solo instruments: Oboe, Violoncello
Publisher of notes/sheet music: Strube Verlag Munich, 2014
The CONCERTO „BACH-METAMORPHOSEN“ not only plays with these famous four notes, but exudes the same radical and uncompromising aesthetics as Bach's music. The middle section of the Adagio paraphrases the introductory chorale „Herr unser Herrscher“ (Lord, our ruler) of the Passion according to St. John. The outer movements are based on the ostinato bass of the „Goldberg variationa“: when Johann Sebastian Bach was accommodated by Count Hermann Carl von Keyserlingk (Russian Ambassador in Dresden 1733-1745) in the year 1742 in Dresden, Johann Gottlieb Goldberg (student of J.S. Bach) was harpsichordist and 'chamber musicus' of the count. According to Forkel, Bach wrote his „Aria mit verschiedenen Veränderungen“ (Aria with different changes) for Goldberg, so that he could play it to Keyserlingk in his sleepless nights.
Dedication: Cordially dedicated to the oboe genius Albrecht Mayer
Additional remarks: Commissioned work for the foundation 'Stiftung Frauenkirche Dresden'
World premiere: 04.10.2013, Frauenkirche Dresden
Performers at world premiere: On the occasion of the Frauenkirche Bachtage Dresden, with Albrecht Mayer (oboe), Gabriel Schwabe (violoncello), Vital Frey (harpsichord)