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Jeney, Zoltán: Choralgesånge nach Bach 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Choralgesånge nach Bach
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    12
  • Year of composition: 
    2016
  • First performance (year): 
    2017
  • First performance (venue): 
    Budapest Music Center
  • First performance (performers): 
    New Liszt Ferenc Chamber Choir and Budapest Strings Chamber Orchestra, conducted by László Norbert Nemes
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Choralgesånge nach Bach (Choral songs after Bach)

    Bach’s choral arrangements (both the choir pieces for four voices and the instrumental choral adaptations) have accompanied me from the beginning of my composition studies, though my teaching career to this day. In this piece, following each of the four Bach choral arrangements you can hear my own versions of them. None of the pieces are remakes in the sense that none wants to rewrite Bach (to improve an earlier work of art conceived through an earlier rudimentary method, as one is used to with regards to films). Bach’s compositions are perfect as they are. The piece Ach Gott und Herr is unparalleled even among his work. The idea of writing my own version by keeping Bach’s harmonies at every harmony change but leaving out or changing the choral melody came to me in 2014, at the time of the sudden death of Reinhard Oehlschlägel, founding editor of the periodical MusikTexte, Cologne. My version of Herzliebster Jesu is unfortunately also connected to a passing I have not been able to fully overcome to this day: since the 2007 death of Ildikó Vékony I have tried to pay tribute to her many times. I believe that I succeeded in fulfilling my intention with the 2015 piece “Was hast du verbrochen?”, originally written for solo cimbalom / zymbalon. The piece Auf meinen lieben Gott is connected to a person who is alive and well, thank God: it was written for the 90th birthday of György Kurtág (2016). Herzlich tut mir verlangen is the result of a sleepless night (2016). This piece was inspired by two of Bach’s versions of Herzliebster Jesu. That is the reason why both Bach adaptations will be heard before my own version.

    Movements:
    1a Ach Gott und Herr (Bach)
    1b Ach Gott und Herr (Jeney) in memoriam Reinhard Oehlschlägel
    2a Auf meinen lieben Gott (Bach)
    2b Auf meinen lieben Gott (Jeney) for the 90th birthday of György Kurtág
    3a Herzlich tut mir verlangen (Bach)
    3b Herzlich tut mir verlangen (Jeney)
    4a Herzliebster Jesu 1 (Bach)
    4b Herzliebster Jesu 2 (Bach)
    4c „Was hast du verbrochen?" (Jeney) Epitaphium Ildikó Vékony

  • Technical specs: 

    mixed choir and string orchestra with ad lib. oboe, corno inglese and corn

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
39
Musicians
Soprano(s)
6
Alto(s)
6
Tenor(s)
6
Bass(es)
6
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
8
Viola
3
Cello
3
Double Bass
1
4-string

 

 

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