Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"

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Modernistfan
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Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"

Post by Modernistfan » Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:57 pm

Next month, Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel" (The Tower of Babel), for 3 orchestral groups, 3 choirs, 2 solo voices (soprano and baritone), speaker, quadrophonic playback and live electronics, on texts by Friedrich Schiller, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Niccolò Machiavelli and Kurt Tucholsky, is coming out on Neos. I've got to get this--it sounds like Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Requiem für einen jungen Dichter" (Requiem for a Young Poet") on very heavy-duty steroids! (It was finished in 1983, so it was not inspired by Trump's tweets, no matter how appropriate it would seem.)

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Re: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"

Post by barney » Mon Aug 24, 2020 5:41 pm

Modernistfan wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 7:57 pm
Next month, Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel" (The Tower of Babel), for 3 orchestral groups, 3 choirs, 2 solo voices (soprano and baritone), speaker, quadrophonic playback and live electronics, on texts by Friedrich Schiller, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Richard Wagner, Niccolò Machiavelli and Kurt Tucholsky, is coming out on Neos. I've got to get this--it sounds like Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Requiem für einen jungen Dichter" (Requiem for a Young Poet") on very heavy-duty steroids! (It was finished in 1983, so it was not inspired by Trump's tweets, no matter how appropriate it would seem.)
I'm interested in the texts as well. No Bible, I note. I wonder what Wagner had to say about Babel?

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Re: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"

Post by Modernistfan » Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:00 pm

There is nothing that I love better than full blast, bombastic, wackadoodle, German expressionism. (The prototype for it, of course, is Schoenberg's "Moses und Aron").

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Re: Ernst Helmuth Flammer's "Der Turmbau zu Babel"

Post by barney » Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:52 am

I couldn't find much about this via Google, at least not without a better knowledge of German...

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