Throughout the past years it has become more and more each recorder player initiative to widen the “repertoire horizon” of this versatile instrument, not only through (re-) discovering already existing original music for the recorder but also by arranging other music – and commissioning new contemporary pieces. The latter is an especially intriguing process as the collaboration with a living composer opens up many exciting possibilities of communication and experimentation for both player and composer. Inspired by the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann in 2017 the City Music Foundation and I have therefore taken the opportunity to commission new works and creative perspectives based on baroque music and to strengthen the musical connection between the 18th and 21st centuries. These twelve new works are based on Telemann’s XII Fantasie per il Flauto senza Basso, with an additional piece reflecting on the whole of Telemann’s twelve solo Fantasias. Each of these freshly-penned pieces is a reflection on thematic, harmonic or rhythmic material taken from the Fantasias, a reply to Telemann’s musical thoughts.
The CD XXIV Fantasie per il Flauto was released by TYXart-the musicART label in April 2018. Here are excerpts from some of the reviews:
“I was very excited to get involved in this project with Tabea Debus and the City Music Foundation – I had not previously written for recorder, and therefore this has been a fantastic journey exploring the instrument and its capabilities. Solo works are always a challenge for a composer as it truly exposes both us and the performer, though working with Tabea has been an absolute pleasure and I am confident that she will perform the work exceptionally.” – Dani Howard
“It has been a very exciting project to be a part of and I am loving getting to know a whole family of instruments that is completely new to me. I have been studying my assigned Fantasia and have created my own ‘response’ to it by writing two additional movements in my own style to complement the existing ones.” – Misha Mullov–Abbado
“It is always a pleasure to compose for a world-class performer, and even more so for such an exciting and innovative project. The project has given the chance to really get inside the Telemann Fantasias to understand what gives them their character, before creating a new piece reflecting on this, and taking into consideration the musical and instrumental developments that have occurred in the nearly 300 years since the Fantasias were composed. In composing for this project it has been a great pleasure to be able to learn more about the recorder and to be able to incorporate extended techniques that are specific to the instrument.” – Alastair Penman
Throughout the past years it has become more and more each recorder player initiative to widen the “repertoire horizon” of […]
“A Lulli is renowned; Corelli one may praise; but Telemann alone has above mere fame been raised.” – Johann Mattheson […]