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The Musical Composition Prize

Winner 2018

Thomas LARCHER

“ Symphony n° 2 Kenotaph ”


Originally conceived as a concerto for orchestra, Thomas Larcher’s Symphony No. 2 takes the form of a classical symphony but retains elements of the original idea, reaching from the intimacy of chamber music to the immense diversity of a full orchestra.
“ I want to explore the forms of our musical past under the light of the (musical and human) developments we have been part of during our lifetime. How can we find tonality that speaks in our time ? And how can the old forms speak to us ? These are questions I often ask myself. This piece is very much about different forms of energy: bundled, scattered, smooth, kinetic or furious.“ (Thomas Larcher)
The subtitle 'Kenotaph' refers to a monument for the dead, an empty...

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The selection

Carmine-Emanuele CELLA

“ All of sudden ”

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Sebastian FAGERLUND

“ Höstsonaten ”

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Thomas LARCHER

“ Symphony n° 2 Kenotaph ”

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Michaël LEVINAS

“ La passion selon Marc ”

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Isabel MUNDRY

“ Vogelperspektiven ”

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Kaija SAARIAHO

“ Only the Sound Remains ”

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Manfred TROJAHN

“ Les dentelles de Montmirail ”

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