WHEN: Friday, Sep. 11th, 10:30AM //// WHERE: NYU Music Dept. Rm 220 (24/32 Waverly Place, NY 10003) /// This event is free and open to the public.
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Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf gives insights into his recent compositions for orchestra (“void – kol ischa asirit”), tuba solo (“Hommage à Brian Ferneyhough”) and baritone solo (Esė apie vandinis”), a piece which will be premiered in NYC on september 11th by Jeff Gavett on the Resonant Bodies festival. He explains the entire path from the initial idea to the final score, a process which combines compositional rationality with poetics and narrations.
Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, born in 1962 in Mannheim (Germany), studies in composition, music theory, piano, musicology, philosophy, and sociology with Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus Huber, Jürgen Habermas among others. Music degree and PhD. Since 1984 international prizes and awards, including the Gaudeamus Prize, Stuttgart Composition Prize, Ernst von Siemens Music Grant, Villa Massimo. Since 2005 Professor of Composition at the Leipzig Academy of Music and Theater. Editor of the journal Musik & Ästhetik and the book series New Music and Aesthetics in the 21st Century, author of over 120 essays and numerous books (e.g. Kritische Theorie der Musik). Extensive œuvre in all genres, performed by renowned groups (e.g. Ensemble Modern), important commissions (e.g. Salzburger Festspiele), numerous portrait concerts worldwide. Principal works: Rhizom, Medusa, Kammerzyklus, Angelus Novus, Hommage à György Kurtág, Hommage à Thomas Pynchon, Prospero’s Epilogue, humanized void, voiced void.