DUNKELREISE. (dark journey) based on fragments written by Hans Rott (1858-1884) sextet for oboe / English horn and strings (2014)

Duration: 18 minutes

Movements: 1: Introduktion (introduction) 2: Idylle (idyll) 3: Intermezzo 1 (interlude 1) 4: Andantino (andantino) 5: Intermezzo 2 (interlude 2) 6: Scherzo (scherzo) 7: Epilog – Nachtklang (epilogue - sound of the night) (the seven movements are to be played attacca in a bow)

Instrumentation: sextet for oboe / English horn, violin, 2 violas, violoncello and double bass

Solo instruments: Oboe, Cor Anglais

Publisher of notes/sheet music: Ries & Erler Berlin, 2014

Introduction: There are only very few known completed compositions of the artist Hans Rott, the genius composer, Bruckner student, friend of Gustav Mahler and creator of a trendsetting symphony. At the age of 26, this unbelievably talented individual perished tragically in a mental asylum. What remains is a collection of sketches, studies and fragments. Based on that collection, an imaginary tale was developed - one that alternates between delusion and reality. With a combination of consolation, manic longing and hopelessness, the listener is invited to embark on a pensive journey through a dark night.

Dedication: amicably dedicated to the oboist Christoph Hartmann

World premiere: 05.07.2015
Performers at world premiere: world premiere - March of 2015 - Berlin, Christoph Hartmann and the ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra



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