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Thomalla, Hans: Ballade 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Ballade
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    20
  • Year of composition: 
    2017
  • First performance (year): 
    2017
  • First performance (venue): 
    Munich
  • First performance (performers): 
    Sinfonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks; J. Kalitzke / N. Hodges
  • Keywords: 
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): 
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Werkkommentar „Ballade“
    My concerto is based on an expansive piano piece, “Ballade.Rauschen”, which I wrote for Nicolas Hodges in 2014. That piece explores the transitions between anonymous etude-like scales and individual musical figures. Through small fissures, small breaks in the scales as well as through brief deliberate detours and repetitions something like characters develop, and then – over the course of the piece – a story of those characters. Therefore the title “Ballade”. A fundamental threat hovers over these processes, though: a tendency towards dissolution of individuality, towards noise. Scales played too fast in too low a register turn into subterranean thunder; chords grow too thick and turn into clusters that annihilate all individual characteristics. Already during the composition of the solo piano piece I became aware of the orchestral aspects of this drive towards totality and annihilation.
    It was important for me, to understand the actual meaning of the tension between virtuosity and thematic elements, rather than simply accepting it as a tradition of the concert genre. In a way, this tension is central to all my music, constantly asking the question: What makes subjectivity? How does it stand up to constant pressure towards stereotypes? And at the same time: Where does this desire for noise come from, where the longing for a surface of fast runs in scales, pedal-clouds, cluster-thunder, in which all the thematic figures lose themselves?

 

Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
76
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
3
C
C
Clarinet
3
B-flat
B-flat
Bass
Bassoon
3
Bassoon
Contrabassoon
Horn (F)
4
Trumpet
3
C
C
Trombone
3
Tenor
Tenor
Tuba
1
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
3
Crotales
Marimba
Vibraphone (F3)
Bass Drum
Tamtam
Other
Harp
1
 
Keyboard
1
Piano
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
26
Viola
10
Cello
8
Double Bass
6
5-string
5-string

 

 

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