Mauricio Kagel's Nah und Fern
About the Project
Nah und Fern is the biggest contribution to the trumpet repertoire that the Carillon Quartet has thus far brought into fruition. The idea was to create a live version of Muricio Kagel’s “radio drama”(höspiel) in order to introduce it to new audiences. It seemed obvious that in the 21st century radio no longer has the power it once enjoyed in the post-war era. Bringing Nah und Fern into a live context was a way to preserve it, and reintroduce it to concertgoers. This makes the project not just unique, but also innovative, breathing new life into music that has not had the wide popularity it perhaps deserves. Thanks to the brilliant playback reconstruction by composer Amy Golden, and the trumpets of the Carillon Quartet, this piece has now been heard live for the first time since its première in 1994 in the city of Utecht, where the composer led a concert with the live carillon, Michael Trumpeters and the city. This is truly an exciting contribution for the trumpet repertoire!
Nah und Fern is roughly 43 minutes long and can be performed anywhere where sound and 16 music stands are available.
Full video can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/79287487