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August 12th, 2012


mica – music austria

Stiftgasse 29, 1070 Vienna

Composition – Interpretation. Separated areas or creative interactions?

A discussion with composers and musicians in the context of the impuls composition workshop with the Klangforum Wien.


Discussion participants:


Malin Bång (*1974, Sweden) – composer

Daniel Fígols Cuevas (*1980, Spain/France) - composer

Anna Mikhailova (*1984, Russia/Netherlands) – composer


Andreas Lindenbaum – cello, Klangforum Wien

Bernhard Zachhuber – clarinet, Klangforum Wien


Moderation: Doris Weberberger



What the extraordinary of contemporary music is? For example the possibility of asking the composers now and then about their works and their ideas concerning interpretation. While the fields of fixation and realisation of a musical work seem to be clearly separated between the two professions, both sides can benefit from a direct interaction. On the one hand, composers have been inspired for centuries by musicians to create new ways of form and structure, on the other hand the thoughts of composers can become more clearly for the interpreters in a direct discussion. Which synergies, but also which problems can possibly arise in the process of exchange between composers and interpreters, about this topic are going to discuss the musicians of Klangforum Wien as well as Malin Bång, Daniel Fígols Cuevas and Anna Mikhailova, who have been nominated besides Matthias Kranebitter for the impuls composition competition. The reason for the discussion on August 12th 2012 at mica – music austria is the first part of the impuls composition workshop taking place between August 11th and 13th 2012 in Vienna. The compositions which will be worked on during the workshop will be premiered at the impuls academy in February 2013 in Graz.


impuls supports young composers not only within the impuls academy but also by means of the impuls composition competition. Every second year impuls awards up to 6 composition commissions for ensemble to composers who are nominated through the impuls composition competition. These composers are then invited to the impuls composition workshops in Vienna and Graz where their new works are collectively and intensively worked on, discussed and finally rehearsed for approximately one week by star ensembles such as the Klangforum Wien. In addition to that the composers are invited to the premieres of their new compositions at the impuls festival and the impuls academy in Graz.


The Klangforum Wien represents the artistic idea to give back to art what it has lost during the 20th century: A place in the present and in the midst of the community for which it was composed and by whom it wants to be heard. The profile of the Klangforum Wien has strongly been influenced by deep artistic friendships in the same way as it has sustained and formed the work of artists as well. Throughout the last years, individual members and the ensemble as a whole made an effort to pass on ways of musical expression and playing techniques to a new generation of musicians and composers. Since 2009 the Klangforum Wien ows a teaching assignment at the University of Performing Arts Graz.


mica – music austria

in cooperation with impuls and Klangforum Wien


discussion in english


free entry