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Music Text

Text by Helmut Oehring (G)


voice,soprano(male),3 deaf soloists;
ob.sax(=bss cl).tpt.trbn.tuba-perc(2)-harp.prepared pft(=sampling keyboard)-elec.gtr(=elec.bass) with volume pedal-vln.vlc-live electronics

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Teatro Lirico Sperimentale, Spoleto
Danielle Abbado, director / ensemble di musica contemporanea / Roland Kluttig
Press Quotes

"At the end, great applause. Yet also silent. Swaying their raised hands, imitating the gestures with which the three actresses on the stage thanked the audience. A moving applause without sound which touched the hearts of all present, making the composer’s message even more intense and immediate. Thus the first performance of Helmut Oehring’s Dokumentation I at the Teatro Melisso at the ‘Sperimentale’ was a moment of extraordinary collective emotion, of great humane and human empathy.

Beyond the wonderful performance, the vivid interpretation and the... enormously interesting original score (which emerged as winner of the ‘Orpheus’ competition), all this was primarily in honour of the sense of poetic challenge displayed by the young Berlin-based composer Helmut Oehring."
(Angelo Foletto, la Repubblica, 04.09.1996 - review of the first performance)

"From the first movements to last an our later, one was compelled by the authority of a marvellous accurate ear. Brutalist minimality has been rendered with such finesse as to emerge in the end oddly sensitised. When this inventive tissue of noise both pitched and unpitched tended towards a recognisable little song shape, the feeling was of inevitability brought about by craft and skill."
(Robin Holloway, The Spectator, 26.07.1997 - on the UK première at the Almeida Theatre, London)

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