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World Premiere of Peter Eötvös's Reading Malevich

Sep. 01, 2018

World Premiere of Peter Eötvös's <em>Reading Malevich</em>

On September 1, the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, under the direction of Matthias Pintscher, presented the world premiere of Peter Eötvös's Reading Malevich for orchestra. The work was commissioned by Roche as part of the Roche Commissions for the Lucerne Festival. The composer describes his inspiration behind the creation of Reading Malevich:

"The task I set myself for Reading Malevich was to transform an image, an optical event, into music. I selected the painting Suprematismus No. 56 by Kazimir Malevich as my starting point. Malevich uses the term suprematism to describe his purely abstract series of paintings, which began with his radical work Black Square (1915).

My work is in two parts: Horizontal and Vertical. This is a reference to the observer’s line of sight and reading direction. Within these two principal parts, individual sections refer to recognisable forms in Malevich’s painting: The Brown Rectangle, The Pale Yellow Shadow Before The Red Rectangle, etc. In certain passages, these forms represented by the orchestral tutti are inscribed with corresponding details from the painting."

The composer conducts the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in the German premiere of the work on September 12 at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

Listen to Peter Eötvös's Multiversum (2017) here:

(Peter Eötvös/Multiversum/Frankfurt Radio Symphony/Iveta Apkalna, organ/
László Fassang, Hammond organ/Peter Eötvös, conductor)

To learn more about Peter Eötvös, please visit

Peter Eötvös
Reading Malevich (2017-18)
for orchestra
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