Semra Ertan. Adagio and Scherzo for octet (1982)

Duration: 13:00 (movements 8:00, 5:00)

Movements: Adagio / Scherzo

Instrumentation: 2 clar. (B-flat), 2 horns, 2 bs., percuss., double bass

Dedication: Dedicated to the Turkish woman, Semra Ertan, who, on May 26 1982, set herself on fire in the Hamburg marketplace to protest against growing xenophobia.
Additional remarks: Turkish folk songs is used in the Adagio and it has an archaic texture: plaintive lament. The Scherzo (as 'Homeric laughter') is in the chromatic style

World premiere: 12.12.1984, Munich Academy of Music, large concert hall
Performers at world premiere: Im Sung-Hyak, Keiko Kinoshita (clarinets), Shinsi Yayiura, Hans Peter Vogel (bassoons), Thomas Hartmann, Max Hochwimmer (horns), Alexander Lang (percussion), Wolfgang Hessler (double bass); direction: Sergio Mirabelli

Movie: 2011

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