zeitkratzer – Reinhold Friedl: Scarlatti
Format: 180gr LP with download code
Release date: september 22nd 2023
zeitkratzer director REINHOLD FRIEDL and his ensemble present new compositions, grounded on DOMENICO SCARLATTI’s piano sonata F-minor K.466. Commissioned by the dance company RUBATO and dedicated to Mario Bertoncini (1932-2019).
Little is known about Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757). His music is, so to speak, left to its own devices: free, cheeky, playful, sonorous, surprising. Harmonically strolling again and again into unforeseen regions, the ear leads, not the theory; and also the fingers get their right: playful and haptic it goes. Scarlatti explained, „since nature has given me ten fingers and my instrument provides employment for all, I see no reason why I should not use all ten of them.“(1)
Freedom, friction and listening pleasure instead of convention: „He knew quite well that he had disregarded all the rules of composition in his piano pieces, but asked whether his deviation from the rules offended the ear? He believes there is almost no other rule than that of not offending the only sense whose object is music – the ear.“(2)
Reinhold Friedl applied this principle and composed the music for a choreography by dance company Rubato. Dance music drawn from Scarlatti, who was so inspired by dance music. The material of the piano sonata F-minor K.466 is twisted anew in all its richness, shifted back and forth, declined, frozen, noisified, sound structures extracted, floating. Those who know the sonata, will more than smell it’s shadows. Dedicated to Mario Bertoncini (Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza) who was particularly fond of K.466, on which all the music presented here is grounded.
„Wild flowers“(3), Barbara Zubers had once called Scarlatti’s music. Let them bloom.
(1) Charles Burney, Tagebuch seiner musikalischen Reisen. Zweyter Band. Hamburg, 1773. Bey Bode., p 183f.
(2) Charles Burney, Tagebuch seiner musikalischen Reisen. Zweyter Band. Hamburg, 1773. Bey Bode., p 183f.
(3) Barbara Zubers, in: Musik-Konzepte, Heft 47, München, 1986, p 3–39.
A1. lilas [08:10]
A2. muguet [08:15]
A3. pissenlit [03:30]
B1. reine des prés [08:28]
B2. violette des marais [05:32]
B3. aster [10:42]
directed by Reinhold Friedl
Frank Gratkowski: clarinets, flutes
Hild Sofie Tafjord: french horn
Reinhold Friedl: piano
Maurice de Martin: percussion
Burkhard Schlothauer: violin, viola
Ulrich Phillipp: doublebass
Martin Heinze: doublebass
all music composed by Reinhold Friedl
drawn from Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata f-minor K.466
commissioned by Tanzcompagnie Rubato
recorded Oct 13, 2021 by Klaus Dobbrick at Uferstudios Berlin
mixed 2022 by Nik Hummer at minusgroundzero Vienna
mastering & lacquer cut by Kassian Troyer at D&M Berlin