Steven

Prengels.

© Steven Prengels

Wagner in Bayreuth

INTRO

‘Wagner in Bayreuth’ was written in 2011-12 at the request of the Oxalys Ensemble. The baritone solo was sung by Dietrich Henschel.

 

 I look at this composition more as a sound sculpture than as a musical composition. It uses a sort of split screen technique, combining visual and audio sources into one sculpture: video images of landscapes are combined with extracts from Wagner's Götterdämmerung and a (fictional) recording of Winifred Wagner's voice. The end result is a layered structure in which meanings, associations and confusion mix together.

 

"Genug! Genug! Man wird, fürchte ich, zu deutlich nur unter meinen heitern Striche die sinistre Wirklichkeit wiedererkannt haben.”  (Friedrich Nietzsche, Der Fall Wagner)

C(H)ŒURS

PHOTO

Gardenia

Exhibition

Fuga

Morgenröte

Visite Guidée Mâlique

Contrapunctus

HELD

Konstellation

Schäume

Le réveil TamTam

© Steven Prengels

INSTRUMENTATION

baritone

tape (the voice of Winifred Wagner)

1 flute, 1 oboe (solo), 1 clarinet, 1 horn,

2 violins, viola, cello, double bass

video

CREDITS

composition.

concept.

 

dedicated to.

 

ensemble.

soloist.

speaker (Winifred Wagner).

 

premiere.

 

Steven Prengels

Steven Prengels

 

Dietrich Henschel

 

Oxalys Ensemble

Dietrich Henschel

Sabine Reifer

 

de Roma, Antwerp (12.2012)