Ensemble Wiener Collage

General Information

Year of Foundation:  1988

 

The Ensemble Wiener Collage (EWC) was founded by Erik Freitag, Eugene Hartzell and René Staar with the aim to perform new compositions in a competent way of interpretation. The work of the ensemble was characterized from the outset by a fundamentally open focus on the art of the present. The fact that the three founders of the ensemble are at the same time composers with very different personalities contributes significantly to the self-image of the ensemble. The musicians refuse a single stylistic direction and rely on experimenting with variety. The dramaturgy of the programs contrasts contemporary works with works by the Second Viennese School. So far more than 150 works by over 70 composers have been premiered in Austria and internationally at festivals and symposia in Italy, France, Spain, Japan, USA, Turkey, Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary and Portugal. René Staar, composer, violinist and conductor, leads the ensemble both artistically and organisationally.

 

The Ensemble Wiener Collage performed at important music festivals in Europe (aspects Salzburg, Wien Modern, Hörgänge Wien, Budapest Autumn Festival, Festival Contraste, Musica en Novembro Lisbon, Nuovi Spazi Musicali Rome a.o.). Since 1993, the musicians have been organizing symposia in which they presented Austrian composers. Since 1998, the ensemble has been performing its own cycle at the Arnold-Schönberg-Center in Vienna. In autumn 1999, the ensemble participated for the first time in a music theater production (in cooperation with the K & K Experimentalstudio).

Lineup/Description of Style

Band/Ensemble MemberInstrument
viola
bass clarinet
flute
viola
piano
accordion, bandoneon
harp
clarinet
saxophone
double bass
violin, conductor
violoncello
violin
percussion
piano, conductor
horn

other members (May 2018):

  • Stefan Obmann - trombone
  • Roland Schueler - violoncello
  • Lukas Thöni - guitar
  • Wolfgang Zuser - flute

Performing Band/Ensemble of (Composition)

... ich bin es, ohne daß es mir gleicht ... - für Sopran, Bariton und Kammerensemble
... m ... - for clarinet solo and chamber ensemble
... quasi una siciliana ... - for string quartet and piano
2 Gesänge nach Elementarphantasien von Christian Morgenstern für Sopran, Violine und Klavier
allejahre/widerklingend
Bewegungen. Dimensionsverschiebung - für kleines Orchester
bidun qarar
blur - for trio
Cat Music
Chiffren - Varietas
Concertino - für Violine, Akkordeon und Kammerorchester
Concerto da Camera
Concerto da Camera II - nach Texten von Verena Blecher
CRISIS, CATHARSIS & CHANT - for ensemble
Das Rätsel eines Tages - for flute, harp and string trio
Die verlorenen Pfade I
drei Referenzen
ein ... atmen
einstellung I - aus dem Zyklus "Sujets"
einstellung II - aus dem Zyklus "Sujets"
einstellung III - aus dem Zyklus "Sujets"
El Arpa Verde
En svensk jullegend (Eine schwedische Weihnachtslegende)
Encore Piece from Episodes - for Violin and Piano
Fortunes of War - Miniature Version
Hängende Gewölbe
Heine-Fragmente
Helenenmusik - pieces for my daughter Helene, born on the 11th July 2005
Jam Session "for Fritz" - Vorlagen zur Improvisation für Ensembles variabler Besetzung und Stärke
Kamaloka - für Kammerensemble
Kammermusik Nr. 14
Kammermusik Nr. 5
Kammermusik Nr. 7
Kantate auf den Namen Hartmut Krones und lateinische Sprichwörter
Konzert für Akkordeon und neun Instrumente
Les iles des nombres II
meer, teich, schwefelquelle - for ensemble
Metamorphosen für sechs
Min Deern - für Bassklarinette, Kontrabass, Klavier, Akkordeon und elektronische Zuspielung
P. B. forever
Pablos Galerie - for ensemble
pale movements
Passages in the wind - (Bariton and 7 instruments)
pieni joulusoitto - for ensemble
PSIchosen - für Quintett
Quartett - für Klarinette, Posaune, Violoncello und Klavier
Quintett1989
Ritornell - Versuch einer Landschaft - für Flöte Posaune, Viola und Kontrabass
Short Takes I - for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello and Piano
Short Takes II - for Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano
Siebenhundertundzweiundsechzig Rosenknospen - Kleine Hausmusik
Solamento Dolores
Spiegel-Maske-Gesicht
Strindberg - Licht und Schatten (Neufassung)
Studie Nr. 2 für Klarinette, Trompete und Posaune
Triaphonie I
Triaphonie II
Triaphonie III
Triaphonie IV
Triaphonie V - Omar Khayyam
Variationen - for clarinet, accordeon, violin, viola and double bass
Variations on a Rhythmic Line - for violin, guitar and double bass
Wer sagt uns, dass Verbrechen sich nicht lohnt? - Fünf Szenen für drei Sänger und
Yotziguanazí - Tres leyendas centroamericanas
Zwei Gedichte von Andreas Gryphius - for Soprano, Violin, Viola, Cello
Zwei Lieder nach Worten der Else Lasker-Schüler - »für Donna«

Dedicatee of (Composition)