Enno Poppe – Speicher
MUSIC / SOUND
Speicher, an evening-length concert work by German composer Enno Poppe, is a project that has been in development since 2008. Premiered at the Donaueschingen Festival in 2013 to widespread acclaim, Speicher pushes its 22 players to their interpretative and technical extremes. Complex rhythms, microtonal intonation, and nuanced textures combine together to create a rich and detailed work of ambitious scale and scope. Poppe says the following about the piece:
Musical phenomena are never abstract. The idea behind Speicher is the search for extremes—extreme condensation, thinning, acceleration, broadening. For the piece to be able to continue and remain interesting, it is important—besides diversity—for the audience to be able to recognize certain parts. Anything can be recognizable—a single sound as well as a complete formal structure. Therefore it seems less important to keep inserting new ideas into the piece but rather to create an unpredictable network of derivations. The next step would be to be able to foresee what will happen next. Thus, an active way of listening would be created. But, in a reservoir [“speicher”], things always get into a mess anyway.
Enno Poppe’s music, which he summarizes as “dented nature,” grounds itself in compositional guidelines influenced by acoustics, biology, and mathematics. As his composition unfolds, he gradually disobeys his own rules, contorting material to create an unstable, constantly evolving, almost hallucinatory atmosphere of unexpected sounds.
A US premiere, Speicher will be presented in the Concert Hall, featuring the US-based Talea Ensemble.
Enno Poppe studied conducting and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, with Friedrich Goldmann and Gösta Neuwirth, among others. He pursued further studies of sound synthesis and algorithmic composition at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the ZKM Karlsruhe with Heinrich Taube. Since 1998 he has been musical director of ensemble mosaik; that same year he won the Boris-Blacher-Preis for his Gelöschte Lieder. Since 2008, he has been a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin, since 2009, of the Nordrhein-Westfälische Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Künste, and, since 2010, of the Bayerische Akademie der Künste.
His works have been commissioned by the Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, the Berliner Festwochen, Ultraschall (Berlin), MaerzMusik (Berlin), Éclat (Stuttgart), musica viva (Munich), Musikbiennale (Munich), among others, and performed in Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, Saint Petersburg, Paris, Brussels, and more. Among the performers of his works are Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Ensemble Modern, and others.
The Talea Ensemble, called “. . . a crucial part the New York cultural ecosphere” by The New York Times, has given many important world premieres of new works by composers such as Pierre Boulez, Tristan Murail, Jason Eckardt, Pierluigi Billone, and Fausto Romitelli. The ensemble has served as ensemble in residence at Harvard University, Columbia University, and New York University. Upcoming projects include concerts at the Darmstadt International Music Festival, residencies at Stanford University, Harvard University, Ithaca College, and Cornell University, and a release on Mode Records. Recently commissioned composers for upcoming seasons include James Dillon, John Zorn, Pierluigi Billone, Eric Chasalow, Victor Adan, and Georges Aperghis.