Disparity in Form, Color, Size, weight, motion is what makes a composition
ALEXANDER CALDER, 1966
UNTER dEM GLETSCHER
after the novel Kristnihald undir Jökli by Halldór Laxness (1968)
Libretto by Hermann Schneider
Conductor: Ingmar Beck
Stage director: Hermann Schneider
Stage design and costumes: Falko Herold
Landestheater Linz, Austria
At the foot of the Snæfell Glacier, a parish priest is neglecting his pastoral duties, or so the rumor goes. The bishop sends a young clergyman from Reykjavík to investigate the situation in the Icelandic province. However, what awaits him there is far more complicated than he expected: a pastor who prefers repairing camping stoves to preaching, an insanely wealthy and influential big businessman, three shepherds and other eccentric figures who rave about mystical miracles but live in their own reality are only the beginning of a wondrous and enigmatic story about a society caught between popular beliefs and the modern world.
With poems from the poem cycle
Die Geschichte der Inquisition von innen
by Hermann Schneider.
Instrumentation: 18 vocalists [3 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 3 altos, 3 tenors, 3 baritones, 3 bass], or 6 vocalists [sop., mezzo-sop., alto, ten., bar., bass.], 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in B-flat, bass clarinet in B-flat, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, 3 percussionists, celesta, harp, piano, strings
STRING QUARTET NO. 1
Four character-pieces including Beethoven’s Op. 132 extended by two interludes in different timbres.
About Michael obst
Michael Obst is a composer, pianist, and teacher. He began his successful composing career with electronic music and subsequently composed works for music theater, film and concert halls. His experience as a pianist with the Ensemble Modern, enriched his understanding of contemporary music. After 25 fulfilling years of teaching, he is now excited to once again concentrate on his own composition projects.