ensemble mosaik and Enno Poppe
Saturday, 6 July 2019 | Studio 1 / BR Funkhaus (BR Broadcasting Centre) | 5.00 pm
Introductory talk: 3.45 pm
Enno Poppe [*1969]
for nine synthesizers
Commissioned by Southwest German Radio, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Philharmonie Luxembourg, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Acht Brücken | Musik für Köln, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and Bavarian Radio’s musica viva series
Enno Poppe, conductor
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About the programme
Rundfunk (Radio) is one of the few works in which Enno Poppe dispenses completely with “classical” instruments in favour of synthesised sounds. There is a special reason for this, for in Rundfunk the composer takes us on a journey through the history of electronic music – a journey which would have followed a different course without broadcasting companies and their experimental studios. “Without radio”, Poppe maintains, “contemporary music would not exist in its present form”. But many of the sonic innovations of the time are virtually unattainable today because the old technologies no longer exist or fail to function. This gave rise to the idea of “salvaging” the historical sounds of the electronic era and composing a piece from their resuscitation. The result is an exciting and creative sonic exploration that also pays homage to the pioneers of electronic music: Gottfried Michael Koenig, Thomas Kessler, John Chowning, Wendy Carlos and Tangerine Dream.