schwarzenberg, for piano, 2013 (conceptual image)






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For Piano (2013)

With schwarzenberg, Gal continues his artistic exploration of the piano. The title 'schwarzenberg' (i.e. black mountain)
refers a.o. to the 'dark side' of the piano keyboard which is played exclusively throughout the piece. A related conceptual idea
can be found in Mount Blanc (2002), a piece which only makes use of the white keys of the piano. However, 'black mountains'
stand for much more: it may refer to a) one lesser known local mountain near the city of Salzburg (see image);
b) to the south-eastern European country Crna Gora (also known as Montenegro), with its rugged and sometimes obscure mountain formations;
and finally c) to the city of Black Mountain, North Carolina, home of the legendary Black Mountain College between 1933 and 1957,
at that time a focal point of contemporary art and music production. These cross references may influence the creative development
of schwarzenberg in one way or another - the result will be presented in May 2013 ...

A recording of schwarzenberg has been published as part of Seda Roeder's audio CD
'Black and White Statements' by Gramola, Austria in September 2013.


Duration: ca. 5'
Instrumentation: Piano
Supported by the Cultural Department of the City of Vienna.

Listen to an audio excerpt (1m56s):

Recent performances and radio broadcasts

March 12th, 2014
Goethe-Institut Boston, Boston, piano: Seda Röder.

March 11th, 2014
Austrian Cultural Forum New York, New York City, piano: Seda Röder.

September 30th, 2013
Austrian National Radio (Ö1) - Zeit-Ton, piano: Seda Röder.

September 27th, 2013
Festival KLANGSPUREN, Schwaz (AT), piano: Seda Röder.

May 29th, 2013

Kunstverein Alte Schmiede, Vienna (premiere), piano: Belma Beslic-Gal.