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Published on Oct 4, 2014
Robin de Raaff (1968)
Der Einsame im Herbst : for large ensemble (1998)
Ensemble: Doelenensemble Conductor: Arie van Beek
dedicated to Theo Loevendie
Program note (English): Long after programmer Peter-Jan Wagemans asked me to write a piece for the Doelen Ensemble, matching with the same "tragische liefde" (tragic love) of the 1998 Gergjev Festival, I realised that Arnold Schönberg was the main present and absent in the programme. He was to be the subject of my composition. I had realised before that he had survived his artistic sons Alban Berg and Anton Webern, and because of that reason lost the younger representatives of his twelftone technique. The title Der Einsame im Herbst, also the title of the second part of Gustav Mahlers Das Lied von der Erde, shows to my opinion the right kind of tragic. The Kammerkonzert by Berg, that he wrote for Schönbergs fiftieth birthday, starts with the initials of Schönberg, Webern and Berg as notes. In my composition I have augmented each of those initials to a separate part. The second part is based on the initials of Berg. From a background of harmonies for four voices a slowly accelerating choral develops which gradually comes more to the front and in the end puts its surrounding to the background. This is also what the composition is about in a abstract sense, the difference between for- and background and the exchange of these dimensions. I recently read "De elementen" (The elements) by Mulisch, in which a comparable situation appears. Every chapter has an element as title. Little by little the chapters become shorter and the title more important. In the end they are the most important subject of the book. - ROBIN DE RAAFF