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