The Unknown Soldier,
for baritone and ensemble
Holger Falk - Ensemble Modern conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta
Standing on smoking rubble, a man recalls the myth of the Tower of Babel and seems to become aware of a parallel between the vanity of that venture and the pointlessness of the cataclysm from which he has emerged more as a spectre than as a living being. In a little less than 30 minutes Georges Aperghis, with his dense, precise and taut composition where quarter tones rule, leads us through a musical allegory of the absurdity of war as the ultimate negation of humanity.
Text based on a fragment by Franz Kafka (translation by François Regnault)
Commissioned in 2013 by the ECHO network with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
Warsaw Autumn Festival on September 25th
Biennale di musica Venice on October 1st
Travel to La Biennale di musica will also be an occasion to assit the concert of the Quartetto Prometeo and the pianist Mariangela Vacatello. She will interpret Dans le mur and a NEW solo piece called Scherzo.
More information regarding Thinking Things on this website IRCAM.
"The mysteries of the compositional process fascinate specialists and critics as much as music lovers. But do we know that they often seem unfathomable to the composers themselves? "
To get to the heart of this vast questioning, you will find the book here
Last Wednesday, Georges Aperghis was in studio with Arnaud Merlin to comment the concerts presented in Köln during the festival Acht Brücken.
You can listen again to die Hamletmaschine-Oratorio,
See-Saw, Etudes IV/V/VI for orchestra, Lost connections (new piece for the Niew ensemble) and the concerto for accordion.