Friday
07. October 2005

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Studio Percussion graz & guests Charles Ives: Life Pulse Prelude



from the Universe Symphony (1911-1915)
for 18 drums, piano, piccolo, spread in the room
revised by Larry

AUSTIN (1984) for

Besides The Heavens with four and The Earth with two orchestras, the unfinished project of the utopian Universe Symphony, which Ives created between 1911-1915 ("several orchestras of singing men and women gathering in valleys, on slopes and mountain peaks"), contains Life Pulse Music for 20 percussionists. 20 voices overlay in the complex polymetrical ratio of 1:2:3:4:5:6:7:8:9:10:11:12:13:14:17:19:22:23:29:31. Every eight seconds the rhythms overlap "in phase" and the resulting "Basic Unit" marks a "quiet, low hanging bell". Ives explains it as follows: "Basic Unit is the lowest vibration and the basis of each cycle; it represents the infinite pulse, the planetary movement, the earth, and thus the universe, the movement and the cycles of the earth, the sun, the planets and other known objects in the firmament or the universe."


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is one of the most well-known ensembles of contemporary music. Besides the classical repertoire of 20th century percussion works, the ensemble specializes in crossover projects and in the collaboration with composers who have written new compositions especially for Studio Percussion graz. The ensemble, under the leadership of Günter Meinhart, is composed of six drummers and is extended by or combined with other instrumentalists for special occasions.

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STUDIO PERCSUSION graz
Hannes EBNER perc / IVES + RIHM
Eva EIBINGER picc-fl
Daniel FUCHSBERGER perc / IVES
Günter GRASMUCK perc / IVES + RIHM
Georg MAUERHOFER perc / IVES
Günter MEINHART perc + leader
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