General discussion of Mokusei Gardens. A Viennese Notebook for sextet (WP: Vienna, 1.10.2014, Joseph Haydn Saal der mdw, Anton von Webern Platz 1, 1030 Wien) in the context of the recent production of the author, with particular attention to the New Epigrams, Darkness visible. Nocturne for orchestra, String Quartet nr. 3 -Raging in the dark-, the Haiku for sextet and Six Glosses on texts by Cees Nooteboom. Finally, I will introduce a brief presentation of my research about the humor in music, listening to several musical excerpts and exploring their influence on Casablancas' own compositional work.
Der Workshop wird in englischer Sprache abgehalten.
Widely regarded as one of the leading Spanish composers of his generation, Benet Casablancas studied in Barcelona and Vienna, and he graduated in Philosophy in the University of Barcelona, winning a PhD in musicology. His music, firmly rooted in the great modernist tradition, is notable for its great individuality, structural complexity and extraordinary richness of textural detail. In the 1990s he became more concerned with harmony, timbral differentiation and instrumental virtuosism. Critics highlight his concern for balancing constructional rigour and expressive strength, lyricism, dramatic character and whimsical register. His works are performed regularly around Europe, Canada, US, Japan and Latin America. His first opera "Io" was commissioned by Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona for its 2017 season. In 2013 he was appointed first composer in residence for the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and L´Auditori and was awarded with the most prestigious composition prize in Spain, the National Music Prize granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.