Friedrich Cerha: Baal
Friedrich Cerhas (1926 Vienna) confrontation with the New Viennese School was not just theoretical; the most famous result was his completion of Berg's Opera Lulu. As a composer, he developed new serial techniques and sound-phenomenons in relation to his own experiences. His opera Baal (1974-1979), is a proverb about the creative search for happiness (Illustration a), uniting all the possibilities of structural formation - blankets of sound as well as clearly-defined melodic-harmonic sections. According to the demands of the dramatic situation (Example), the expressive dialogue dominates in relation to the orchestra which paints the emotional situation. This enabled Cerha (Illustration b) to actualize opera as a paradigm. (M. Saary)
© Sound: 1987 Amadeo 3 CD 415 266-2, Interpreten: Wiener Philharmoniker, Christoph von Dohnanyi (Leitung).
© Image: Friedrich Cerha (Porträt und Szenenfoto).
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