CHANGEOVER (2011)

CHANGEOVER (2011)

for instrumental groups and symphony orchestra

ensemble: 1*.1*.2*.1*/1.2.1.0/2perc/2pno*/1.1.1.2.1
orchestra: 4*.4*.4*.4*/6.4.4.1/2perc/2arp*/16.14.12.10.8
duration: 16 minutes
première: November 25, 2011, hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
cresc… Biennial for Modern Music, Frankfurt-Rhine-Main
Ensemble Modern, hr-Sinfonieorchester
Conducted by Johannes Kalitzke

Extended spaces – The 5th International Composition Seminar by The International Ensemble Modern Academy

Awarded 1st Prize at 57th Stuttgart Composition Prize

CHANGEOVER

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CHANGEOVER

(full recording)

November 25, 2011, hr-Sendesaal, Frankfurt am Main (première)
Ensemble Modern, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Conducted by Johannes Kalitzke
Recording published on CD – Changeover by WERGO / Deutscher Musikrat / Edition Zeitgenössische Musik; Recording produced by hr

Additional performances

October 7, 2016, Musikprotokoll Graz, Helmut List Halle, Austria
Klangforum Wien, RSO Wien
Conducted by Johannes Kalitzke
March 13, 2015, Cankarjev dom Ljubljana, Slovenia
Ensemble Modern, RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Johannes Kalitzke
March 15, 2013 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Germany
Ensemble Modern, SWR Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
Conducted by Johannes Kalitzke

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ABOUT

CHANGEOVER is the twelfth in a series of compositions bearing tennis-related titles. As an avid tennis player himself, Žuraj attempts in each of these works to portray in music his own subjective impressions and emotions when confronted with the match-situation described in the work’s title. In tennis, the term “changeover” refers to when the players change ends after each odd-numbered game, thus nullifying as far as possible any advantage accorded by the direction of sunlight or wind, the distribution of light and shade and so forth.

In this work, an on-stage symphony orchestra is pitted against another ensemble that is distributed in smaller groups around the auditorium. These two unequal parties engage with each other, not on the terms of soloist and orchestral accompaniment, but rather in the sense of two contrasting opponents in a match-situation. The contrasting conditions mentioned above, such as wind and sunlight, light and shade, are represented musically by opposing pairs of timbres or gestures, such as noise versus pitch, solo versus polyphony, unison versus arpeggio and stasis versus movement. All of these parameters are employed according to rigorous structural principles laid down during the creative process.

Alwyn Tomas Westbrooke

CHANGEOVER is the twelfth in a series of compositions bearing tennis-related titles. As an avid tennis player himself, Žuraj attempts in each of these works to portray in music his own subjective impressions and emotions when confronted with the match-situation described in the work’s title. In tennis, the term “changeover” refers to when the players change ends after each odd-numbered game, thus nullifying as far as possible any advantage accorded by the direction of sunlight or wind, the distribution of light and shade and so forth.

In this work, an on-stage symphony orchestra is pitted against another ensemble that is distributed in smaller groups around the auditorium. These two unequal parties engage with each other, not on the terms of soloist and orchestral accompaniment, but rather in the sense of two contrasting opponents in a match-situation. The contrasting conditions mentioned above, such as wind and sunlight, light and shade, are represented musically by opposing pairs of timbres or gestures, such as noise versus pitch, solo versus polyphony, unison versus arpeggio and stasis versus movement. All of these parameters are employed according to rigorous structural principles laid down during the creative process.

Alwyn Tomas Westbrooke

Changeover (2015)

Published by WERGO

Ensemble Modern, hr‑Sinfonieorchester
Slovenian Philharmonic, Matthias Pintscher, Johannes Kalitzke

recorded pieces (SACD+DVD):
HAWK-EYE, RESTRUNG, CHANGEOVER, RUNAROUND, TOP SPIN

Vito Žuraj awarded the Prešeren Prize 2015

Vito Žuraj awarded 1st Prize at 57th Stuttgart Composition Prize

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