Georges Asperghis
Photo Xavier Lambours


Le cours de la vie

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, Germany

The ensembles Klangforum Wien and the Neue Vocalsolisten – both world-leading in their genre – are linked by a long-standing fruitful collaboration. Out of a desire to extend their joint repertoire came the idea of commissioning an extensive chamber music work to fill an entire evening, exploiting the two ensembles’ expertise while reflecting the personality of each individual musician. For this project it was possible to enlist Georges Aperghis. What links him to both Klangforum and the Neue Vocalsolisten is a comprehensive collaboration comprising several works. The composer created unique works based on his detailed understanding of the two personalities. Aperghis describes his concept Le cours de la vie (The Course of Life) as follows: “On the big street – walking together in threes, in twos, suddenly a changing group, figures, familiar – strange, some hidden, amidst the crowd, then at the side, then all alone. The parting of ways, parties, life goes on, we go on, we make music together, sometimes intimate, sometimes extravagant, joys, fears, thoughts and panic follow in succession, and we move forward, always accompanied by the deceased who swarm around us, sometimes left, sometimes right, good or bad signs, we go on alone or together, we climb the mountain, our music accompanies us day and night, we reach the summit, then...”. The work will be divided into a number of chamber music scenes in a variety of combinations with small and large line-ups to be studied in intense work phases.

Le cours de la vie for six singers and 23 instrumentalists will be premiered in Vienna in Fall 2019. The performance is to reach a wide audience beyond experienced listeners of contemporary music. This is because with its virtuosity and vividness Georges Aperghis’ music also reaches out to the inexperienced ear.

November 2019
Wien Modern, Austria

November/December 2019
Rainy Days Festival, Luxembourg

February 2020
Festival ECLAT, Stuttgart, Germany

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