Presence: Chamber Music

Members of the SWR Symphonieorchester

Modern music that can be whistled. Well, why not? This was the question Esa-Pekka Salonen asked himself during his composition studies, together with others from his generation who wanted to give the avant-garde a vigorous breath of fresh air – even if it meant receiving sincere applause from the audience. “European avant-garde,” we should add, because this opposing wind, with which Salonen aligned himself, mostly came from America. Salonen's Memoria owes a great deal to American minimal music, so we have decided to feature this short piece alongside one of the all-time classics: Riley's In C, a work that was instrumental in giving birth to this new genre, the only popular style that emerged from the 20th century musical avant-garde.


Terry Riley
In C

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Memoria for Wind Quintet

Charles Gounod
Petite Symphonie in B-flat major

Estimated end time: 20:30


Anne Romeis flute
Florian Hasel Oboe
Anton Hollich clarinet
Angela Bergmann Basson
Christof Skupin Trumpet
Harald Matjaschitz Bassposaune
Jürgen Wirth Tuba
Franz Josef Bach Drums
Jochen Schorer-Romeis Drums
Thierry Lentz Horn
Annette Schütz Oboe
Eduardo Calzada Bassoon


Evangelische Stadtkirche Baden-Baden

The Evangelische Stadtkirche Baden-Baden is the spa town’s oldest Protestant church. The neo-Gothic building based on plans by Friedrich Eisenlohr was begun in 1855, but only consecrated nine years later. At its consecration in 1864, the church was still lacking towers, which were finally built and completed in 1876, not according to Eisenlohr’s original plans, but to those of architect Heinrich Lang.

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