Johannes Maria Staud (1974)

Black Moon (1998)

for solo bass clarinet

  • General information
    • Composition date: 1998
    • Duration: 11 mn
    • Publisher: Universal Edition
    • Commission: État fédéral du Tyrol
    • Dedication: à Ernesto Molinari
  • Type
Detailed formation
  • 1 bass clarinet

Premiere information

  • Date: 18 September 1998

    Autriche, Schwaz, festival Klangspuren


    Ernesto Molinari.

Program note

I was impressed and fascinated by Louis Malle's film of the same title (1975) – the way he applied the principles of "écriture automatique" of the early surrealists (Breton, Soupault) to cinematography. As a result, he did completely without logical strands of plot and used instead chains of ideas in free association (fragile, introverted scenes are followed unexpectedly by nightmarish, upsetting passages). I attempted to translate the basic atmosphere (or rather, the feelings the film evoked in me) into musical gestures.

Of all the instruments, the character of the bass clarinet appeared to me to be best suited for that purpose – with its manifold registers, timbres and possibilities (from velvety restraint right up to the virtuosic-aggressive). However, soon enough I developed the process further based on purely musical considerations, whereby the idea of linking small cells and developing them in an associative manner continued to play an important role.

Johannes Maria Staud.