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Lang's "Monadologie XXXIX" premieres at musica viva

Commissioned by the renowned musica viva in Munich, Bernhard Lang’s new violin concerto Monadologie XXXIX will soon have its world premiere: on 27 March, Ilya Gringolts and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Brad Lubman will perform the piece at the Herkulessaal.

Monadologie XXXIX (2018-2019)

for violin and orchestra
3.3.3.3 - 4.2.3.0 - timp.xyl.vib.mar.4perc.drum kit - hp.synth - 12.12.10.8.4
WP: 27.03.2020, Munich
Duration: 36'

About the work

“It sounds like science fiction: granulator and cellular automata generate the music of the future from snippets of music history. The Austrian composer Bernhard Lang works with algorithms in his “hyper-virtuosic clockwork textures”. Now music viva has commissioned him to write a violin concerto that chases Ilya Gringolts through the dust of history, extracted from works ranging from Bach to Ligeti. In this brave new world, a world fractured and crumbling, even mistakes have a raison d’être. It is no accident that the aesthetic of mechanical imperfection has found its way into music history precisely in the Digital Age.”
Martina Seeber for musica viva
Published with kind permission by the author and musica viva



On 17 April 2020, the concert will be broadcasted here by BR-Klassik.


Score of Monadologie XXXIX







Photo: Harald Hoffmann