Category:  Symphonic / Orchestral

New in music history, - the first concerto for Violin solo and Piccolo trumpet. ALTAI – TRACES TO INFINITY is inspired by the endless expanse and beauty of Kasachstan. The Altai Mountains are a unique natural wonder full of myths. They are situated at the eastern border with heights up to 4500 meters and are the transition to Mongolia, China and Russia’s Siberia.
All musical impressions are arranged very fleetingly as a “kaleidoscope”: a dazzling variety of rapidly changing moods. The two dissimilar solo instruments violin and piccolo trumpet dip into these moods in mostly surprising twists.

Movements: 1: Endlessness of Montains
2: Horse ride & Eagle Flight
3: Moon over Belukha Mountain
4: Rondo – Finale

Duration: 22 Minutes

Instrumentation: Orchestration:
Flute 1+2 I(2nd also Piccolo)
Oboe 1+2 (2nd also English Horn)
Clarinet 1+2 in Bb (2nd also Bass Clarinet in Bb)
Bassoon 1+2
French Horns 1-3 in F
Timpani
Percussion I (Triangle, Tamtam, metal chimes, large Bass Drum, small Tomtom)
Percussion II (Triangle, Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, 3 cymbals hanging, woodblock, hand drum (on a stand), snare drum)
Large String Orchestra (14-12-10-8-6)

Solo instruments: Trumpet, Violin

Introduction: Preface:
ALTAI – TRACES TO INFINITY / SPUREN INS UNENDLICHE is inspired by the endless expanse and beauty of Kasachstan, situated between Caspian Sea and the Altai Mountains. Kasachstan is the ninth large state in the world in terms of area and for most of Europeans a unknown spot of earth. The Altai Mountains are a unique natural wonder full of myths. They are situated at the eastern border with heights up to 4500 meters and are the transition to Mongolia, China and Russia’s Siberia.
The motifs and the musical material are partly modelled on traditional Kazakh music. The intervals, rhythms and melodic types of Kazakh folklore are very independent and of unbelievable richness. Some songs and dances were also quoted verbatim: for example the “Chant Shakerim” by Eli Erbalin, or the „Telkocyr – A foal with two Queens” by K. Klybayeva. They come from the collection of 19th century, which has become legendary for Kazakh music „500 kasakh Songs and Kyuis“ by Aleksandr V. Zataevich.
All musical impressions are arranged very fleetingly as a “kaleidoscope”: no strict development of motifs, but a dazzling variety of rapidly changing moods. The two dissimilar solo instruments violin and piccolo trumpet dip into these moods in mostly surprising twists.
Vorwort:

Dedication: For my mother, Gisela Schneider: she loved the mountains, she came from the mountainside, she gave me this longing for the mountains!