Klangforum Wien
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Klangforum Wien

General Information

Year of Foundation:  1985

 

24 musicians from 10 different countries represent an artistic idea and a personal approach that aims to restore to their art something that seems to have been lost - gradually, almost inadvertently - during the course of the 20th century, which gives their music a place in the present and in the midst of the community for which it was written and for whom it is crying out to be heard.

 

Ever since its first concert, which the ensemble played under its erstwhile name "Societé de l’Art Acoustique" under the baton of its founder Beat Furrer at the Palais Liechtenstein, Klangforum Wien has written musical history. The ensemble has premiered roughly 500 new pieces by composers from three continents, giving a voice to the notes for the first time. It could - if given to introspection - look back on a discography of over 70 CDs, a series of honours and prizes and around 2000 appearances in the premier concert houses and opera venues in Europe, the Americas and Japan, for renowned festivals as well as youthful and idealistic initiatives.

 

Over the years, strong artistic and affectionate links have developed with outstanding composers, conductors, soloists, directors and dedicated programmers. These have been influential in forming Klangforum’s profile, just as the ensemble has played an important part in forming and supporting the shape of their endeavours. During the last few years, individual members and the ensemble as a whole have made increasing efforts to pass on special techniques and forms of musical expression to a new generation of instrumentalists and composers. And from 2009, owing to a teaching assignment at the University of Performing Arts Graz, Klangforum Wien as a whole could style itself "professor".

 

All of this would remain purely superficial, if it didn’t have its base in the monthly assemblies of all the ensemble’s musicians and the constantly redefined artistic will of a collective for which music, finally, is nothing less than an expression of their ethos and awareness of their own share of responsibility for the present and future.
And just as in their art, Klangforum Wien itself is nothing but a force, barely disguised by its metier, to improve the world.
The moment they step onto the podium, the musicians know that only one thing counts: everything. Eros and the absoluteness of this conviction are at the root of the inimitable quality of their concerts.

 

The members of Klangforum Wien come from Australia, Bulgaria, Germany, France, Greece, Italy, Austria, Sweden and Switzerland.
Sylvain Cambreling, Friedrich Cerha and Beat Furrer are three outstanding musicians who in the past 25 years have been awarded an honorary membership of Klangforum Wien through an unanimous decision by the ensemble. Sylvain Cambreling is first guest conductor of Klangforum Wien since 1997.

Lineup/Description of Style

Band/Ensemble MemberInstrument
violin
oboe
bassoon
trombone
flute
flute
double bass
violin
violoncello
violoncello
piano
trumpet
viola
saxophone
violin
percussion
accordion
harp
clarinet
horn
percussion
clarinet

other members:

  • Ahonen Joonas - piano

Discography, Performances, Projects

Discography:

Complete Discography

Educational Organisation of (Person)

Performing Band/Ensemble of (Composition)

"für Hans Landesmann" - für 12 Instrumente
"Mundo perdido"
... Einklang freier Wesen ... - for 10 instruments
... thy hour O Soul ...
...Brachen Goldrosen...
A map is not the territory - for large ensemble
AN NA - for ensemble
Andere Räume - für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine und Viola
as in a mirror, darkly - for Ensemble
Bählamms Fest
Balztanz und Fahneneid - für Solobratsche mit tiefbesetztem Streichquartett
begegnung - variation - wiederbegegnung - für zwölf Instrumentalisten
Berenice - opera after Edgar Allen Poe
Berenice. Lied vom Verschwinden - for soprano, small ensemble and tape
Blechbläserquintett
blue poles
Bluthaus - opera
Bruchstück, geträumt - for ensemble
bunny games
Chamberjungle - für Kammerensemble
Collection Serti - für räumlich verteiltes Ensemble
coloured noise
Comic sense
Cross the Border - for soloists and large ensemble
DA ANFANG VOM END
Das Auge des Schweigens - for ensemble
das kleine ICH BIN ICH - for chamber ensemble and speaker
Dein Dunkel wird sein wie der Mittag
Der Graue Block - 13 Capricci for 1-13 player(s)
Der Melonenbaum
Der Wald
Der weiße Wal/Die Anomalie des Wassers - Trauermusik für Kammerensemble
Der zeiten spindel I - for ensemble
Die Musik des Unsichtbaren - für Oboe und kleines Orchester
Die Wasserfälle von Slunj - für Sopransaxophon und Ensemble
Don't play, just be
Dr. Futurity
Drehungen - Zwei Sätze für 3 Schlagzeuger und 2 Klaviere
Ebe und anders - for 7 instruments
Echotecture Prolog
Eleanor-Suite
emergent - for ensemble (13 players), synthesizer and live-electronics
ex cathedra - ex tempore - ex machina
F 'U' R (Hangmusik) - for an ensemble of 12 instruments, ensemble with old instruments and solo voice
FAMA - Hörtheater in acht Szenen für großes Ensemble, acht Stimmen und Schauspielerin
final girl - godzownzombie
For Zorn - für Altsaxophon und Kammerensemble
fröhliche Verunstaltungen (Musik als Neurose)
Gebirgskriegsprojekt - Wachtraum für Videogestaltung mit konkretem und instrumentalem Raumklang
Gegen - Teil - für kleines Ensemble
Grauzone (Les arbes III) - für 2 Soprane, 7 Chorgruppen (24 SängerInnen), 4 Schlagzeuger, Ensemble und live-elektronische Klangumformung
Haiku - für Bariton und 10 Instrumente
Hommage à Klaus Nomi
Hoquetus
hot powdery snow - chamba noiz wet covas-N-sonic death
I. Symphonie für kleines Kammerorchester (Kammersymphonie)
Idem III
Idem IV
Imagines - für Flöte und Kammerensemble
in vain - für 24 Instrumente
Introduktion und Transsonation - music for 17 instruments with a tape by Giacinto Scelsi
Invocation III - für Sopran und Ensemble
Jahrlang ins Ungewisse hinab - für Kammerorchester
jeux éoliens III - for ensemble
Konzert - für Bratsche und Orchester (Ensemble)
Körperliche Veränderungen
Kreidekreuze/Steinstapel - mündlich tradierte Regeln, Objekte (Steine, Kreide) und dirigentische Plastik
Kroküsse - für Männerstimme und Instrumentalensemble
L'oubli bouilli - Vanish
La profondeur - for 13 instruments
Legno. Stele - for 2 bassoons and ensemble
Leichtvergängliche Waren - für Sopran und großes Ensemble
Les Adieux (Elegie) - for ensemble
Lonicera Caprifolium
lotófagos II - for 2 sopranos and ensemble
Mani.Long - for ensemble
MANIA - for ensemble
MAUERWERK
Melancholia - Oper in 3 Teilen
Mêle Moments
Mouthpiece III
Mouthpiece VI
Mouthpiece VII
Mundo perdido
Music for a while - für Ensemble
Musik für Soli und Ensemble
Nacht - Kammeroper in 24 Bildern
Nuun - für zwei Klaviere und Orchester
ODIO MOZART / I HATE MOZART - music theater in two acts for 6 voices and amplified ensemble
One Movement and Five Miniatures - für Cembalo, Live-Electronics und Ensemble
PA (Omaggio a Evan Parker) - for oboe and 5 instruments
Putzlieder
Quadraturen IV: Selbstportrait mit Berlin - for ensemble and playback-CD
reframe another - for 12 instruments
Reisz
Relief - for alto saxophone, guitar, accordion, drums and violoncello
Remix
Revue instrumentale et électronique - Raumkomposition für Instrumentalensemble und Zuspielungen
Schatten vergessener Ahnen - für Ensemble
Scherzino - für Kammerorchester
Schlagen
Schnee im März
schniTt für Ensemble
schraffur - for quartertone-accordion and ensemble
SEMANTICAL INVESTIGATIONS I
Sextett
silben- meer- farben
Sphaira - for 3 vocal solo and ensemble (16 players)
STODT AUS STAA - für Kurt Ostbahn und Klangforum Wien
Substantie
TA (Un Lied di meno) - for ensemble
Trio - for violin, viola and violoncello
Trio für Trompete, Kontrabass und Perkussion
Ultima Thule - für fünf Ensembles
un posto nell'acqua
Unsichtbares Theater für Ensemble und Live-Elektronik
URBAN GYPSIES - für Oboe, Elektronik und Stummfilm (Stummfilm: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy 1932)
Versprachlichung - Musik für acht Instrumente und Tonband
Verticale muto - for ensemble
Vexierbilder
von der wiederkehr desselben gleichsam zur jagd
Wüstenbuch - music-theatre
Yasuko II - aus dem Schwarzen Regen für Kammerorchester
Zeitstimmung
Zwischenmusik
Zwischenwelten - for ensemble

Commissioning Organisation of (Composition)

... Einklang freier Wesen ... - for 10 instruments
... über den Atem, die Stille und die Zerbrechlichkeit ... - Versuch für sieben Blechblasinstrumente
A map is not the territory - for large ensemble
Andere Räume - für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine und Viola
ausser sich - für Ensemble und Elektronik (ad lib.)
Bruchstück, geträumt - for ensemble
Canti della tenebra - for mezzosoprano and ensemble
Cross the Border - for soloists and large ensemble
DA ANFANG VOM END
descrittivi di stati d'animo di Didone
Die Erschaffung des neuen Adam - (Dánov-Lieder). Kantate für zwei Frauenstimmen und 18 Instrumentalsolisten nach Texten der Bibel
Don't play, just be
Dort
Ebe und anders - for 7 instruments
einen Moment bitte
ex cathedra - ex tempore - ex machina
final girl - godzownzombie
Gesänge - für Mezzosopran und Instrumentalbesetzung (Blockflöte, Klarinette, Klavier und zwei Schlagzeuge), original nach Volkssagen aus Bulgarien
Introduktion und Transsonation - music for 17 instruments with a tape by Giacinto Scelsi
L'oubli bouilli
La profondeur - for 13 instruments
Legno. Stele - for 2 bassoons and ensemble
Leichtvergängliche Waren - für Sopran und großes Ensemble
Leim
Lonicera Caprifolium
Mani.Long - for ensemble
MANIA - for ensemble
Mêle Moments
Monadologie VII "Kammersinfonie" - for chamber orchestra
Monadologie XII
Mouthpiece VI
Musik für Soli und Ensemble
NATUR 2/4 - nach der Stahlskulptur Natur Nr. 2/4 von Johann Moser für Kammerensemble
O santa acusmatica: "Offenes Meer"
Projekt - Wiener Walzer - für drei Quintette und ein Schlagzeug (16 Spieler)
quasi una tânpûrâ
reframe another - for 12 instruments
Relief - for alto saxophone, guitar, accordion, drums and violoncello
silben- meer- farben
Trio für Trompete, Kontrabass und Perkussion
Verticale muto - for ensemble
von der wiederkehr desselben gleichsam zur jagd
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