Game and Earnest
Concerto for chess players, computer controlled samplers and synthesizers,
grand piano, guitars, turntables, saxophones, and sound director.
Conception by FIQ 1987. Music composed and performed by Dietrich
Eichmann, Christoph Grund, Uwe Kremp, Wolfgang von Stürmer and
Reimar Volker. Chess Players: Annemi Egri and Wolfgang Rihm.
recording of the concert at the SDR-Studio Karlsruhe on December
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'Game and Earnest' combines, through a brilliant idea, strictest
order and chance, removing at the same time in a surprise dialectic
twist all considerations of order and chance. Two chess players
sit on the stage and play their kingly game. If a chesspiece is
placed upon a square of the chessboard, a particular composition
written specifically for this square is played by the electronics.
In addition to this electronic music guided by the chess game
four live musicians appear who each improvise according to their
own independent concept. These concepts extend to actual Early
Music. One could now believe that something like complete chaos
would be forced to come out of all this. But the truly unbelievable
happens: a sonic organism grows that is free from any noticeable
randomness. In the chaos of the countless combination possibilities
lies a deeper order, even if it is an order that hardly allows
for repetition, or leaves room for prediction. Out of the pluralism
of the technical structure, the composition methods and the individuality
of the musicians there arises a many-layered piece, that certainly
contains witty passages.
Die Musik - Resultate sind verblüffend: als ob verschiedene
Radioprogramme zusammengeschnitten wären, kommt es zu witzigen
Korrespondenzen der wechselnden Elektrosounds und diversen Instrumentalparts,
mal als Barpiano, mal als Sax - Lamento... more