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Haas, Georg Friedrich

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KOMA (2015/2018)
Opera with libretto by Händl Klaus
Definitive version
2S.Bar/Ct,Bbar.3B.Mute - 2(2 also picc).0.2.(in B).0 - - 2perc - pf.acc -
WP: 28.03.2019, Klagenfurt
Duration: 110'

Opera with libretto by Händl Klaus
Schwetzingen version
5vx, ensemble
WP: 27.05.2016 Schwetzingen
Duration: 110' 

Bluthaus (2014)
Opera with libretto by Händl Klaus
fl., ob., 2 bcl., Kontraforte, 3 hn., tpt. in C, 2 trb., 2 perc., 2 vl, vla, 5 vc, 2 db
WP: 29.04.2011 Schwetzingen

Thomas (2013)
Opera with libretto by Händl Klaus
2S, Ms, 2Ct, T, Bar, B
Ensemble: zither, 2git, hp, mand, acc, 2perc, cem
WP: 24.05.2013 Schwetzingen


Die letzten Minuten der Menschheit (2020)
Music with excerpts from Karl Kraus' "Die letzten Tage der Menschheit"
version for orchestra - - 2perc.hp -
WP: 27.04.2020, Graz
Commissioner: Musikverein Graz
Performers: Grazer Philharmoniker, Katrin Wundsam (Sopran), Oksana Lyniv (Dir.)
Duration: 7'

Joshua Tree (2019)
for orchestra
maximal - - 3perc - pf - hp -
WP: 08.05.2020, Cologne
Commissioners: Kölner Philharmonie (KölnMusik) and MUSICA Festival Strasbourg
Performers: Basel Sinfonietta/Baldur Brönnimann (conductor)
Duration: 20'

Konzert für Klangwerk und Orchester
for solo percussion and orchestra
picc.2.2.2.bcl.2.cbsn – – hp – 2perc (incl.timp).acc –
WP: 29.11.2019, Luxembourg
Commissioner: Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Wiener Konzerthaus, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, Casa da Música (Porto) 
Performers: Christoph Sietzen (percussion)/ Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg/ Ilan Volkov (conductor)
Duration: 20' 

ein kleines symphonisches Gedicht für Wolfgang (2017)
for orchestra – – timp – strings
WP: 25.08.2017, Berlin
Commissioner: Berliner Philharmoniker 
Performers: Berliner Philharmoniker / Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
Duration: 6' 

Violin concerto no. 2
 (2017) – – timp.2perc – hp – acc – strings
WP: 07.09.2017, Suntory Hall, Tokyo
Performers: Tokyo Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov (conductor) / Miranda Cuckson (Violin)
Duration: 25’

Text: Mollena Lee Williams-Haas
solo vx - cl(cbcl), bcl(cl), bsax(ssax), bsn, trb, perc, acc, vl, vla, 3vc, 2db
WP: 12.11.2016 Wien
Duration: 64'

3 Stücke für Mollena (2015/2016)
for choir and chamber orchestra
2cl, 2trb, acc – strings (
WP: 17.3.2016, Prinzregententheater München       
Performers: RIAS Kammerchor / Münchener Kammerorchester / Alexander Liebreich (Conductor) 
Commissioner: RIAS Kammerchor, Münchener Kammerorchester
Duration: 30'

Trombone concerto (2016) – – timp.2perc.hp – strings (
WP: 16.10.2016, Baarsporthalle, Donaueschingen (Donaueschinger Musiktage 2016)
Commissioner: SWR, Wien Modern, Wiener Konzerthaus, ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien, Sinfonieorchester Basel, supported by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Performers: SWR Symphonieorchester / Alejo Pérez (Conductor) / Mike Svoboda (Trombone)
Duration: 25'
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Zugabe (2015)
for orchestra – – timp – strings
UA: 13.05.2016, Bamberg
Performer: Bamberger Symphoniker / Kah Chun Wong (conductor)
Commissioner: Bamberger Symphoniker
Duration: 3'


hope. (2020)
for ensemble – 1-3 percussionists 
Commissioner: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Performer: Gürzenich-Orchester Köln
Duration: 5'

Iguazú superior, antes de descender por la Garganta del Diablo
version for 1-11 percussionists
Duration: 30'

...fließend... (2020)
for ensemble
WP: 15.09.2020, Oslo
Commissioner: Cikada Ensemble, supported by the Arts Council Norway
Performer: Cikada Ensemble, Chritian Egger (conductor)
Duration: 10'

Hommage à Bridget Riley (2019)
for ensemble – – perc – pf –
WP: 23.11.2019, Huddersfield
Performer: London Sinfonietta / Brad Lubman (conductor)
Commissioner: London Sinfonietta in association with Southbank Centre and hcmf
Duration: 40'

Musiche per Matera (2019)
Part I
for viola solo, accordion solo, 3 horns in F, 2 sousaphones, bassoon solo, bass clarinet solo 
Part II
for 3 pianos
Part III
for string quartet
Part IV 
for marching band (strings/organ, percussion)
WP: 22.09.2019, Matera
Commissioner: the city of Matera 
Performers: musicians of the Orchestra of Matera and Basilicata
Duration: 90'

im Schatten der Harfen (2018)
for ensemble
hn, tpt, trb, 2perc, 1hp(2instruments), vl1, vl2, vla, 2vc, db (with C extension)
WP: 06.11.2018, Porto
Performer: Remix Ensemble / Peter Rundel (conductor)
Commissioner: Casa da Música Porto, ACHT Brücken and oenm
Duration: 15'

Release (2016)
for ensemble
strings:, hrp, pno
WP: 12.01.2017, opening concert of the small hall of Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Performer: Ensemble Resonanz / Emilio Pomàrico (conductor)
Commissioner: Ensemble Resonanz for the opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, financed by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Duration: 25' 
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String quartet no. 11 (2019)
WP: 21.09.2019, Matera
Sy. 4967

Iguazú superior, antes de descender por la Garganta del Diablo (2018)
for 4 percussionists
WP: 12.10.2019, Chicago
Performer: Third Coast Percussion
Commissioner: The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation supported by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University.
Duration: 20'
Sy. 4803

equinox (2018)
for clarinet, violoncello and piano
Commissioner: KölnMusik
WP: 02.05.2019, Cologne
Duration: 20'

catch as catch can
cl, vc, pf
Commissioner: Kölner Philharmonie (KölnMusik)
WP: 19.02.2019, Cologne
Duration: 25'

WP: 15.11.2018, Bludenz
Duration: 1'

String quartet no. 9 
2 Vl, Vla, Vc
WP: 12.11.2016, Konzerthaus Wien
Performer: JACK Quartet
Commissioner: Wien Modern, Wiener Konzerthaus, supported by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Duration: 35'-40'

String quartet no. 10 (2016)
2 Vl, Vla, Vc
WP: 19.11.2016, St Paul’s Hall, Huddersfield (Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival)
Performer: Arditti Quartet
Commissioner: Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Duration: 35'-40'


Blumenwiese 1-3 (2018)
for saxophone, percussion, piano
Duration: 18'
WP: 27.04.2018 Witten

Georg Friedrich Haas (b. 1953 in Graz, Austria) has been associated with Ricordi Berlin since autumn 2016. He has taught at the University of the Arts in Graz (lastly as associate professor) and at the Music Academy in Basel. In 2013 he was appointed professor of music at Columbia University in New York and since then has taught composition there. Haas feels both rooted in the European tradition and strongly influenced by the aesthetic freedom of American composers like Charles Ives, Harry Partch, John Cage and James Tenney. He also has repeatedly made referece to the musical mysticism of the composers Giacinto Scelsi and Ivan Wyschnegradsky. In a survey published in the January 2017 issue of the Italian music periodical Classic Voice, 100 named experts were asked to choose “the most beautiful music composed since 2000”. By a wide margin, they awarded first place to Haas. His wide-ranging output, including numerous works for large orchestra, for chamber orchestra, instrumental concertos, eight operas, ten string quartets, a variety of other chamber music and vocal works etc., is constantly finding new audiences worldwide – and not only at special new music events; his compositions are also reaching a traditionally schooled public. Haas has devoted his work to the utopian ideal (not 100% attainable) of creating a new music that is both expressive and mellifluous – not despite but because of the fact that it is new.