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Wittgenstein & Twombly – Concerto for Saxophone (2017) version for Saxophone and Concert Band

Having grown up playing in concert bands, I am still thrilled by the massive sound this gathering of winds, brasses, and percussion offers. Having rewrite my Love Hurts a few years back and appreciated more rhythmic precision of the concert band compared to orchestra, I was happy for the opportunity to rewrite this concerto for saxophone, recently premiered by Marcus Weiss with the Basel Sinfonietta. The premiere performance of the version with concert band took place on July 15th, 2018 in Toledo, at the Festival Internacional de Música La Mancha with the Festival Concert Band, Sebastián Heras, conductor, and the soloist Pedro Pablo Cámara. A bootleg recording of the performance can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/mikesvoboda/wittgenstein-twombly-for-saxophone-and-concert-band

More information: https://mikesvoboda.net/compositions-all/articles/wittgenstein-twombly-version-for-concert-band.html

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Wittgenstein & Twombly - saxophone concerto world premiere

Marcus Weiss has been a colleague and friend for many years, one that I have upmost respect for his musical intergrety, intelligence and virtuosity. It was a challange to write a concerto for him, one that woudl showcase his abilities and at the same time, with a portion of irony, give him a concerto that places him in a unusual position within the genre itself. Marcus premiered the work last January 28th in Basel with the Basel Sinfonietta under the direction of Baldur Brönnimann and played it a week later at the ECLAT festival in Stutgart with the SWR Sinfonieorchester. The work was commissioned by the Musik-Akademie Basel and the SWR Sinfonieorchester. A video recording of the premiere can be viewed here.

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On Tour again with "Do you love Wagner"?

After 11 years and numerous performances with my friends Scott Roller (Violoncello), Wolfgang Fernow (contra bass) and Michael Kiedaisch (drums) I said "good bye" to my Wagner program 14 attempts to love Wagner in November, 2013 in Basel. But in late 2016 I was asked to revive the program. I took some thought, but I decided to dig in, renew the composition,  change the name slightly, and start fresh with a new group of young players. The premiere of the new version, now called Do you love Wagner?, took place last March, 2017 at the Hessische Staatstheater Wiesbaden with the wonderful and inspiring musicians Karoline Öhman (violoncello), Aleksander Gabrys (bass) and João Carlos Pacheco (drums). This project is available through the agency Karsten Witt Musikmanagemen.

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The Techniques of Trombone Playing

is now published and available from the Bärenreiter-Verlag.
 
Written together with the composer Michel Roth, the publication was made possible through the support and contribution from a large team of generous and talented persons: the director of the research department at the Hochschule für Musik Basel Michael Kunkel, the trombonists Andrew Digby, Benny Sluchin, and Toon van Ulsen who critiqued the book in advance, Vinko Globokar who wrote the preface, and my former students who helped with the 92 audio examples, Kevin Austin, Juna Winston, Jon Roskilly (who also did the english translation, bravo!), Antonio Jimenez, and Stephen Menotti.
 
The book is for mostly for composers, but trombonist could find the information useful. In addition, 5 etudes composed especially for the book by Kevin Juillerat, Roland Moser, Michel Roth, Caspar Johannes Walter, and Nadir Vassena and available for download.

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Mixed Feelings by Kurt Schwertsik

Mike Svoboda will be playing Mixed Feelings (2001) together with the Staatsorchester Stuttgart the German premiere of a concerto for trombone and orchestra, written by Kurt Schwertsik (*1934) at the New Years Concert of the Stuttgarter Oper. Dennis Russel Davis will conduct and there will also be a waltz of Richard Strauss, an ouverture of Hans Werner Henze and a sinfonia of Joseph Haydn. So you can expect a rapturous farewell into this new years’s evening. 

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Concert for trombone by Georg Friedrich Haas

On 16.10.2016 Mike Svoboda will premiere a concert for trombone by the composer Georg Friedrich Haas together with the SWR Sinfonieorchester, conducted by Alejo Pérez. This trombone concert was a collaborative mission of the SWR, the Sinfonieorchester Basel, the ORF-Radio Symphonieorchester Wien and funded by the Ernst von Siemens Musik Stiftung.

Mike Svoboda will play this composition of Georg Friedrich Haas at the Wien Modern together with the ORF-Radio Symphonieorchester Wien at the end of 2016 and together with the Sinfonieorchester Basel in June 2018.

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Svoboda composer-in-residence

With three concerts of Mike Svoboda compositions, the composer was featured at the Festival Zeitgenossen (contemporaries) in the city of Heidenheim, Germany from the 24th to 26th of June, 2015. Alongside a solo performance by Mike Svoboda, there was the German premiere of his Die Bücher der Zeiten, an hour long work for three female voices, trombone and percussion, performed by the Mike Svoboda Ensemble. The third concert was a portrait with the Ensemble AUDITE NOVA under the direction of Maddelena Ernst. Among other compositions it included the German premiere of the quintet Eunoia and 20 French Songs.

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New concerto from Georg Friedrich Haas

Mike Svoboda will premiere a new work from the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas at the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2016 in Donaueschingen, Germany. Further performances are planed for Vienna and Basel. The work is still to be composed, but the first step has been taken: a date, venue and commission for the premiere!

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New Duo from Beat Furrer

Together with the soprano Golda Schultz, Mike Svoboda premiered a new work by the Swiss composer Beat Furrer at the Festival Dialoge in Salzburg in November 2015. It was part of a recital that the singer Golda Schultz gave on the 28th of November at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

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new composition: Triple Concerto

In December of 2013 Mike Svoboda was commissioned by the Sieghardt Rometsch Foundation to compose a work featuring the three winners of the 2013 Aeolus Competition, Tom Poulson, trumpet, Sebastiaan Kemner, trombone, and Rubén Durá de Lamo, tuba. This work, written in the summer of 2014 and called simply Triple Concerto, will be given its premiere performance on the 17th of April in Cottbus, Germany, with the mentioned soloist and the Philharmonisches Orchester Cottbus under the direction of their conductor Evan Christ, with a following performance on the 10th of April. http://www.staatstheater-cottbus.de/programm/konzerte/artikel_7-philharmonisches-konzert-2015.html

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New Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

In January 2014, Mike Svoboda signed some 20 past works and all new works exclusively with publisher Boosey & Hawkes. Besides the orchestra works and works for the stage, some of the most recent compositions such as Luminous Flux (2014) for 8 voices and percussion, Eunoia (2014) for female voice, trombone, violoncello, piano, and percussion are now available for hire and sale. Music for Trombone, Piano and Percussion (2011) as well as Music for Trombone and Ensemble (2012) will be available at the end of April.

Mike Svoboda at Boosey & Hawkes: http://www.boosey.com/pages/cr/composer/composer_main.asp?site-lang=en&composerid=100116

Eunoia on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pi8EddpHgIU

Luminous Flux on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/mikesvoboda/mike-svoboda-luminous-flux-for-8-voices-and-percussion

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Les Trombones du Bâle concerts in May

On May 29th in Mannheim, Germany and on the 30th in Basel, Switzerland, Mike Svoboda’s trombone ensemble les trombones de bâle was playing two concerts entitled „we are monkeys with money and guns“. With works for 1 to 8 trombones written by the American composers John Cage, Sidney Corbett, David Rosenboom, Tom Johnson, Aaron Cassidy, Mike Svoboda, and Robert Erickson, the program covered a range of music over the past 50 years. The ensemble consisted of present and former students of Mike Svoboda, as well as a few special guests. The 29th of May is in Mannheim, Germany and the 30th of May in Basel, Switzerland. Further Information: https://www.facebook.com/lestrombonesdubale

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Workshop/competition new music theater for young audiences

The Stuttgart organization IndieOper e.V. was offering an exciting workshop/competition for new works of music theater for young audiences. In two workshops in May and October 2015, young composers were coached by a team – Manfred Weiß, stage direction, Sarah Sun, voice, Mike Svoboda, composition, Johannes Fuchs, dramaturgy on writing for this special and important genre. A final presentation of three commissioned pieces from the workshop participants were presented in March 2016. More information and registration: http://www.indieoper.de/pitch.html

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Erwin, das Naturtalent – again in Vienna

In collaboration with the internationally renown Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir) and the Volksoper Wien, Mike Svoboda's family opera "Erwin, das Naturtalent" saw another series of performances in Vienna, Austria in March, 2015. In this new production, the 6th since the premiere in Stuttgart in 2005, the main roles of Erwin and his friend Rosa will be sung for the first time by children, a boy mezzo (Erwin) and a young girl (Rosa). Further informaition: http://www.volksoper.at/Content.Node2/home/spielplan/spielplan_detail.php?event_id=962938848&produktion_id=960462106

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premiere in vienna : erwin, das naturtalent

In collaboration with the internationally renown Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys Choir) and the Volksoper Wien, Mike Svoboda's family opera "Erwin, das Naturtalent" will receive it's Austrian premiere on February, 2014. In this new production, the 6th since the premiere in Stuttgart in 2005, the main roles of Erwin and his friend Rosa will be sung for the first time by children, a boy mezzo (Erwin) and a young girl (Rosa).

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new composition at the lucerne festival 2013 : robin hood

For a commissioned work touching on the theme of revolution and Robin Hood, Mike Svoboda teamed up with Manfred Weiss once again (after "Erwin,das Naturtalent" and "Der unglaubliche Spotz") to write a new music theater for a young audience. Their new work called "Robin Hood - too good to be true" is scored for a singer and brass quintet and was premiered at the Lucerne Festival on 7th of September, 2013.

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Darmstadt course for new music : new brass academy in August 2014

Since the similarities between the brass instruments clearly outweigh the differences, the new brass academy has been established within the Darmstädter Ferienkurse für Neue Musik as a forum for all brass players wishing to intensify their interest in and expertise with New Music.

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New solo CD for WERGO

November 2011 Mike Svoboda recorded a new solo cd in Dolby Surround Sound 5.1. with four major works of the 20th century. The CD came out last summer on the WERGO label.

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Premiere of a new setting of "The Soldier's Tale" at Bern City Theater

Mike Svoboda has written 30 minutes of music for clarinet, violin, and piano to complement Stravinsky's five pieces out of his "Suite from The Soldier's Tale"

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Mike Svoboda commissioned to write for trombone and brass ensemble

Hohenlohe Brass has commissioned Mike Svoboda to write a work for solo trombone and large brass ensemble, featuring the trombonist Tobias Schiessler.

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Mike Svoboda premieres works by Hans Schoenthal (1896-1937)

The Hans-Schoenthal-Society presents works newly discovered works by an unusual Swiss composer and poet. The Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden plays under the direction of Sebastian Tewinkel with Andri Perl ...

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New works for trombone and piano premiered

Together with the pianist and festival director Catherine Vickers, Mike Svoboda has recently premiered two new works for trombone and piano.

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Cologne Philharmonic commissions Svoboda to compose a new organ project

No composer is so deeply connected to our concept of the organ as Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) is. For me it is clear, that if I am to set the organ of the Cologne Philharmonie in a new context, ...

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New solo cd with works by Cage, Nono, Scelsi, and Stockhausen

Mike Svoboda has recorded another CD for the label WERGO, his 6th for the company based in Mainz, Germany. As with the five recorded over the past 10 years ...

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Michael Nyman Trombone Concert broadcast

A live recording of the concert from the 13th of October with Mike Svoboda playing the Trombone Concerto from Michael Nyman can be heard at 7.30 pm on November 11th in Austrian Radio

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Svoboda plays Nyman "Trombone Concerto" in Linz

Svoboda plays Nyman "Trombone Concerto" in Linz with Dennis Russel Davis and the Bruckner Orchester Linz

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Music for Trombone and Orchestra premiered in Stuttgart

Mike Svoboda's "Music for Trombone and Orchestra" was premiered at the ECLAT Festival in Stuttgart, Germany l

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New Trio Weiss - Henneberger - Svoboda

On May 25th in Basel Switzerland the "Trio Weiss - Henneberger - Svoboda" played a concert with new works for saxophone, trombone and piano - all world premieres.

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Pression by Helmut Lachenmann in a version for solo trombone

Mike Svoboda premiered a version of Helmut Lachenmann's groundbreaking work for solo cello (1969) at the Witten Festival for new chamber music in May, 2011.

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New work for voice and harp

Anne-May Krüger (mezzo-soprano) and Beate Anton (harp) premiered Mike Svoboda's recent composition "Da steht geschrieben "(2011) on March 19th in Nürtingen, Germany.

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