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THU 17/09



6 pm, Tiroler Landestheater, Pausenfoyer, Rennweg 2, Innsbruck


James Tenney In a Large, Open Space

for any 12 or more sustaining instruments and audience which is able to move freely


Quatuor Bozzini

Clemens Merkel (violin)
Alissa Cheung (violin)
Stéphanie Bozzini (viola)
Isabelle Bozzini (violoncello)

Members of Städtischen Orchesters Schwaz
and other musicians

The American composer James Tenney (1934-2006) took a particular interest in the process of listening. In a Large, Open Space is less a composition in the conventional sense than a concert installation which the audience can walk through. Tenney leaves it up to the listener to move around during the performance, constantly changing her listening perspective. The instructions in the score are as follows: “In a large, open space, in which the audience can move around freely, for 12 or more instruments of any kind.” The musicians are to be placed “as far as possible from each other within the space, with the lower instruments towards the centre and the higher ones toward the outer perimeter. Each instrumentalist plays one pitch from a natural tone series (prescribed by Tenney) which is playable on his instrument, very quietly (pp), beginning softly, for about 30 to 60 seconds. After breathing or a short break, another pitch is selected (avoiding a pitch that has already been played by another instrument). This process is repeated again and again for the entire duration of the performance or installation.” The Bozzini String Quartet from Montreal, Canada, leads the performance and performs itself. The Bozzini Quartet is among the most important and experienced string quartets in the contemporary music field; it has already successfully performed In a Large, Open Space in several countries with local musicians. KLANGSPUREN looks forward to the cooperation with musicians of the Municipal Orchestra Schwaz, who provide the backbone of this concert installation. The participation of additional musicians playing various instruments, whether experienced amateurs or professionals, is cordially invited.