The “Solitude”Madrigal


July 17, 2010


Theaterhaus, Stuttgart, Germany

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Akademie Schloss Solitude

In 2010 the Akademie Schloss Solitude, near Stuttgart in Germany, celebrated its twentieth anniversary with a series of events and projects.

For the anniversary evening – July 17 – at the Theaterhaus, Stuttgart the festival organizers planned four concerts in four different rooms; each with a different ensemble constellation featuring short compositions by as many former composition fellows as possible. Each composer was asked to follow the rule that each composition should begin and end with the Tristan Chord (B-F, D#-G# or Eb-Ab), thus separating the individual compositions for the listener during the concert.

 The Tristan Chord functions as the connection between the individual contributions.

At the invitation of his good friend Jean-Baptiste Joly (director of the Akademie since its inception) Gavin Bryars wrote an unaccompanied vocal piece, the “Solitude Madrigal”, setting “Nova angeletta” (Petrarch: Rime Sparse 106), for Neue Vocalsolisten Suttgart




Gavin Bryars