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Žebeljan, Isidora: Needle Soup 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Needle Soup
  • Subtitle: 
    A Surrealistic Fairy Tale for Octet
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    12
  • Year of composition: 
    2015
  • First performance (year): 
    2015
  • First performance (venue): 
    World premiere - October 17th, 8 p.m., Chamber Music Hall of the Berliner Philharmonie
  • First performance (performers): 
    Performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Octet: Daishin Kashimoto, violin Romano Tommasini, violin Amihai Grosz, viola Christoph Igelbrink, cello Esko Laine, double bass Wenzel Fuchs, clarinet Stefan Dohr, horn Mor Biron, bassoon
  • Conductor: 
    No
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    NEEDLE SOUP has the form of an imaginary short film or short story. The form is completely subject to an unpredictable flow of musical thoughts. Unpredictability means unexpectedness, a sudden shift in the segments of the work’s sound content, which comes close to creating the form of a story or a film – a series of different (musical) events that form a single complete experience.
    I was trying to create a music that sounds like the contemporary traditional music of some non-existent people, placed somewhere between Belgrade and New York or Belgrade and Rajasthan. Serbian and Balkan traditional music is a natural, organic part of my being, like breathing. It has been heard by my inner ear through the ears of my ancestors from centuries past. My music with its elements is a consequence but at the same time the cause of my gens and my life. There is something madly captivating in Serbian tradition – all this suffering, sorrow, passion, desire, which are, in their essence, terribly pathetic, but exactly for that reason lovable and funny – surreal. Needle Soup was composed as a commission of the Berlin Philharmonic Foundation for the Berlin Philharmonic Octet, who gave the world premiere in 2015.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
8
Musicians1st player2nd player
Clarinet
1
B-flat
Bassoon
1
Bassoon
Horn (F)
1
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double Bass
1
4-string

 

 

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