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Balogh Máté: Kunstmusik

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Setting: Orchestra
Instrumentation: 3 Fl (3.: Picc), 2 Ob, 3 Cl (3.: Cl in Mi b), 2 Fg (2.: Cfg), 4 Cor, 3 Tr, 3 Trb, Tb, Cel, 4 Perc, Strings
Period: Contemporary Music
Duration: 25'
Published: 2020
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: B-91
Other reference: 15143
Kunstmusik is a symphonic series of variations written on four movements from J. S. Bach's The Art of Fugue. Bach's theme can be perceived sometimes as a real cantus firmus or as a logical organizing principle inviting to intellectual play from the background. The first movement, Introduzione nel modo di P. Esterházy, consists of a humorous "kneading" of the theme, its path leading from the noisy environment created by the percussion to the real Bach quote. This is followed by a hoquetus-like Scherzo, then an homage to András Szőllősy follows, Paesaggio con vivi (Landscape with Livings), with a celestial sound image. The final movement, Marcia militare nel tempo di pace, is a brass band remake based on the harmonic and rhythmic structure of the 2nd contrapunctus of Bach's work, with a military taste so common with the Máté Balogh.

The series has been commissioned by Danubia Orchestra Óbuda and premiered on November 20, 2020 in Budapest under the direction by Benjamin Bayl.


Introduzione nel modo di P. Esterházy (sul Contrapunctus I)
Scherzo a 30 con canto firmo (sul Contrapunctus IV)
Paesaggio con vivi (sul Contrapunctus VIII)
Marcia militare nel tempo di pace (sul Contrapunctus II)
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