Hommage a Daniel Libeskind

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Deeply impressed by the architecture of the Jewish museum in Berlin, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf started to compose his cycle Hommage à Daniel Libeskind in 2001. "As in each of my numerous tribute pieces, my aim was to find a point of intersection between the art of the dedicatee and my music. At the surface level, it is the deconstructive disposition: with Libeskind in an aesthetic of fragmentation, and with me in the 63-part form. Poetically speaking, it lies in the equivalent to the cool expressivity of Libeskind's ingenious edifice." Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, born in 1962 in Mannheim (Germany), studies in composition, music theory, piano, musicology, philosophy, and sociology with Brian Ferneyhough, Klaus Huber and Jürgen Habermas among others, obtaining a music degree and PhD. Since 1984, he has recieved international prizes and awards, including the Gaudeamus Prize, Stuttgart Composition Prize, Ernst von Siemens Music Grant, Villa Massimo. Since 2005, he has been the Professor of Composition at the Leipzig Academy of Music and Theater, Editor of the journal Musik & Ästhetik and the book series New Music And Aesthetics In The 21st Century, author of over 150 essays and numerous books (e.g. Kritische Theorie Der Musik (2006), Von Der Messianischen Freiheit (2016)). Extensive oeuvre in all genres, performed by renowned groups (e.g. Ensemble Modern), important commissions (e.g. Salzburger Festspiele) and numerous portrait concerts worldwide. Hommage à Daniel Libeskind, as presented here, is performed by Ensemble SurPlus. Personnel for Ensemble SurPlus: Martina Roth - flutes; Christian Kemper - oboe and cor anglais; Nicola Mioranda - clarinet and bass clarinet; Stefan Häussler - violin; Bodo Friedrich - viola; Beverley Ellis - violoncello; Peter Veale - conductor.