In Vain //

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ORF-Radiokulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal
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Saturday, February 2, 2002
Harry Vogt, Barbara Fränzen, Peter Oswald
  • 1. In Vain for 24 instruments (01:03:11)

When the light gradually fades, only minutes after in vain begins, the quick, interlaced downward lines starting from the outset cease, while soft, lying tones remain, dodging each other by way of quarter-tone intervals. As in Violinkonzert, two harmonic starting points are contrasted: on the one hand, extracts of pure overtone series, on the other hand, chords in the tempered piano mood made of thirds, fourths, and fifths. The difference between these two tone system blurs after the end of the second dark phase with a renewed acceleration of the tempo in the increasing density of the sound. The hearing experience of the overall sound is decisive for Haas:"I don't trust in sound analyses nor in row charts", he explains, examining the detailed computer analyses of real sounds. Georg Friedrich Haas really has a bent for numbers; the implicit symbolism of numbers in in vain applies even to the relation between the size of orchestration (24 instruments in the dark, plus the director in the light) and the microtonal 24:25 interval. (Bernhard Günther)