sowie weitere Werke Concerto for theremin and chamber orchestra Eight Seasons plus further works
Chamber Music Hall
When Leon Theremin in 1920 presented the instrument named after him to the American public, it caused quite a sensation: the electronic theremin, which is made to sound by influencing electromagnetic fields without physical contact, as if by magic: on the left side of the theremin (from the player’s perspective), whose compass comprises no less than seven octaves, can be found a looped amplitude antenna; the tone gets louder the farther away the player’s left hand gets from this antenna. On the right side there is a vertical frequency antenna: the closer the right hand gets to this antenna, the higher the tone. Composers such as Percy Grainger, Bohuslav Martinů and Edgard Varèse composed for this unusual instrument.
Since the 1990s, it has been experiencing a revival such as Eight Seasons by the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho, the concerto for theremin and orchestra written in 2011 that the Orchestra Academy has placed on the programme of their third concert this season. “Its eight movements, played without a break,” the composer has written, “are just like a musical year; since ancient times the Sami people have divided the course of the year into eight sections. My choice to use an electronic instrument to depict the course of the year in the far North reflects the shamanistic aspect of the instrument. […] The soloist is like a magician, a weaver of spells, producing music just by moving his hands …”