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Holland Festival – 11.000 Saiten – Georg Friedrich Haas and Klangforum Wien

50 pianos in a large circle in the Gashouder in Amsterdam. They form the starting point for an overwhelming composition, sometimes of ethereal beauty and at other times threateningly swelling into a thunderous noise.

Holland Festival – 11.000 Saiten – Georg Friedrich Haas and Klangforum Wien

Dates
Sat 22 Jun16:00 - 17:00
Sat 22 Jun20:00 - 21:00
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Location
Westergas
Nes 63 8E
1012 KD Amsterdam
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11,000 strings

11,000 Saiten, '11,000 strings', is the name of this new disproportionate composition by grandmaster Georg Friedrich Haas. Klangforum Wien asked him to compose a piece for the ensemble and 50 pianos. The idea for this project arose when ensemble director Peter Paul Kainrath was blown away by the sound of dozens of pianos being played mechanically simultaneously during a visit to a Chinese piano factory. Haas responded enthusiastically to the request and developed the idea into an impressive, emotional listening journey, like music for an invisible film.

Piano orchestra

In 11,000 Saiten, each of the 50 pianos is in tune individually, but about each other, they are 'tuned' in tiny steps: each piano sounds 1/50 of a semitone higher. This creates a surround 'piano orchestra' that, especially in combination with the phenomenal instrumentalists of Klangforum, offers an immense sound palette: from pure piano sound and timbres, which you would swear come from a synthesizer to pure noise and penetrating thunder. Add to this the art of Haas, who, in his urge to experiment, never forgets the human dimension, plus the monumental atmosphere of the gas holder: good for an unforgettable experience.

Dates and times

Saturday 22 June16:00 - 17:00
Saturday 22 June20:00 - 21:00

Holland Festival – 11.000 Saiten – Georg Friedrich Haas and Klangforum Wien

Dates
Sat 22 Jun16:00 - 17:00
Sat 22 Jun20:00 - 21:00
More dates
Location
Westergas
Nes 63 8E
1012 KD Amsterdam
Show in Google Maps