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„Petra“ (1991) by Maryanne Amacher
Variations for two pianos

With Marianne Schroeder and Stefan Tcherepnin

Aktionsraum, Hamburger Bahnhof
Entry Fee: EUR 8,-, Reduced: EUR 5,-
The focus of the evening is the piece Petra, which was first performed in 1991 by Maryanne Amacher together with Marianne Schröder at the ISCM World Music Days in Boswil (Schweiz). With its classical instrumentation for two pianos the piece holds a special position in the work of Maryanne Amacher, who is known mostly for her electronical music. Die composer wrote about “Petra”: “In December 1990 I visited the church in Boswil to experience the architecture, design, color, and light of late afternoon entering the space. I wanted the place of the music's first performance to enter the origins of my compositional thought. It was important to immerse imagination in the "life" of the church…In the short story 'Petra' by the American Science Fiction writer Greg Bear, the ancient stone statues of saints, gargoyles, and the figures within the stained glass windows of a cathedral take on multiple lives. Becoming creatures of energy, they move throughout the space, entering the many levels of the cathedral.”

Marianne Schroeder is a Swiss pianist, composer and professor at the Hochschule der Künste in Bern. She is a demanded interpreter of the music of John Cage, Giacinto Scelsi, Morton Feldman, Anthony Braxton, Galina Ustwolskaja, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Pauline Oliveros, Dieter Schnebel, Shigeru Kan-no and Christian Wolff. In collaboration with Maryanne Amacher she premiered Amacher’s piece „Petra“ in Boswil in 1991.

Stefan Tcherepnin is a composer and performer of acoustic (pianist) and electronic music. He has recently performed at the Kitchen and the Knitting Factory in New York and is a member of the performance collective Grand Openings (with Ei Arakawa, Jutta Koether, Emily Sundblad, Jay Sanders et al.).

Hamburger Bahnhof-Museum für Gegenwart, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin

In collaboration with and supported by: Kulturabteilung der Botschaft der Vereinigten Staaten in Berlin; Elektronisches Studio der Technischen Universität Berlin, Fachgebiet Audiokommunikation; Freunde Guter Musik Berlin e.V.; Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin; Arsenal – Institut für Film- und Videokunst e.V.

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