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The Talea Ensemble Performs the World Premiere of Alexander Goehr's Chaconne with Gaps at the Donaueschinger Musiktage

Oct. 12, 2022

What happens when the past and present become one? In Double Chaconne with GapsAlexander Goehr takes the idea of a chaconne and transforms it with new dimensions. The new work receives its premiere on October 15 in the Große Sporthalle of Donaueschingen Secondary School performed by the Talea Ensemble under the baton of Dirk von Lowtzow.

Alexander Goehr celebrated his 90th birthday in August, an important milestone celebrated with two world premieres in March 2022 followed by another on October 15.

The composer notes:

"Written in 2019, Double Chaconne with Gaps consists of 29 variants of the two alternating chaconnes. One is characterised by harp and piano (with strings and percussion), and the other, seemingly darker, is comprised of an alto flute, bass clarinet, horn and double bass. The juxtaposition between these chaconnes becomes increasingly blurred as they combine and overlap throughout the work. Why Gaps? I am fascinated by the way the Japanese artist Hokusai, in his late work, began with a space on the blank paper and defined it with shape and image. Here, silence and sound transpose this idea." 

The premiere, at 2:00 PM is followed by another performance of the work at 5:00 PM in the Große Sporthalle of Donaueschingen Secondary School.

Listen to Alexander Goehr's Symphony in One Movement (1969, rev. 1981):
(Alexander Goehr/Symphony in One Movement/BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra/Richard Bernas, conductor)

To learn more about Alexander Goehr, visit:

Alexander Goehr
Double Chaconne with Gaps (2019-2020)
for ensemble