Georges Aperghis -

Georges Aperghis - "Der Lauf des Lebens"

The second half of 2020 promises to be one dedicated to the idea of artistic faith and the sustainability of its achievements: Starting on 2 September, the Berlin Philharmonic Kammermusiksaal will be the setting for the world premiere of Der Lauf des Lebens, a new work performed by the most faithful to Georges Aperghis, the Vienna Klangforum ensemble.

Further west, the Cologne Philharmonic (followed by the Musica festival) and the Musikfabrik ensemble, also at the heart of many Aperghian highlights, will resume the Intermezzi 21 September, followed by the Essen Philharmonic and the WDR Orchestra performing Etude VII, the newest addition to the famous symphonic cycle started in 2013, premiering on 31 October.

At the end of the year, other great talents from the composer's unique artistic family will give shape to his latest creations, such as the Instant Donné ensemble (during the Rainy Days festival in Luxembourg on 14 November and Milano Musica on 30 November), the SWR Choir (21 November), and finally the Ensemble Modern which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a jubilee concert on 9 December at the Alte Oper.

Six months to discover on stage the latest works that will further enrich the unique heritage of the catalogue of the creator of Récitations and Avis de Tempête!

Agenda :

Der lauf des Lebens, for six voices and ensemble of 23 musicians – commissioned by Musik der Jarhunderte and Klangforum Wien with the support of Ernst von Siemens foundation
World premiere : September 4, 2020
Berliner Phiharmonie (Germany)
Ensemble Klangforum Wien
The Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
Emilio Pomarico, conductor

The Messenger, for Zarb – Commissioned by réseau ECHO, Rising Stars program.
World premiere : September 20, 2020, As part of the Rising Stars Première program
Kölner Philharmonie (Germany)
Vanessa Porter, zarb

Intermezzi, for ensemble (full version) – Commissioned by Ensemble Musikfabrik, musica viva des Bayerischen Rundfunks and Kunststiftung NRW

World premiere : September 21, 2020, as part of the Musikfabrik campus
Kölner Philharmonie (Germany)
Ensemble Musikfabrik
Johannes Fischer, conductor

French premiere : September 22, 2020, as part of the Musikfabrik campus
Festival Musica, Théâtre National de Strasbourg (France)
Ensemble Musikfabrik
Johannes Fischer, conductor

Scherzo II, for piano
World premiere: October 18, 2020
Milano Musica festival,
Teatro alla Scala (Italy)
Mariangela Vacatello, piano


Étude VII, for large orchestre – Commissioned by Kompositionsauftrag des Westdeutschen Rundfunks Koln
World premiere: October 31, 2020
Philharmonie Essen (Germany)
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln

Emilio Pomàrico, conductor


À l'instant, for ensemble
World premiere
 : November 14, 2020
rainy days festival, Philharmonie du Luxembourg
Ensemble L'Instant Donné

Future memories, for mixted choir – Commissioned by Südwestrundfunk
World premiere : November 21, 2020
Donaueschingen festival (Allemagne)
SWR Vokalensemble
Yuval Weinberg, conductor

Le Petit Chaperon rouge « Rotkäppchen » (2001)musical theater for children, for two clarinets (also bass clarinet), saxophone (soprano and baritone), violin and two pianos
5 December 2020
Opéra de Paris (France)

Winterfeste, pour ensemble – Work composed for the 40th anniversary of Ensemble Modern
World premiere
 : December 9, 2020
Alte Oper Frankfurt (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Ensemble Modern
Ingo Metzmacher, conductor

À l'instant
, for ensemble
Italian premiere
 : May 15, 2021 (initially scheduledon November 14, 2020)
Milano Musica festival, Teatro dell’Arte (Italy)
Ensemble L'Instant Donné

Migrants, for two femal voices, pino, two percussions & strings - Commission funded by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Hungarian premiere : 14 October 2021
Budapest Music Center
Peter Eötvös, conductor

Tag Ohne Nacht, for contrebassoon – Commissioned by Klangforum Wien
World premiere: date to come
As part of a monographic record project "Klangforum Wien’s SOLO project"