Graham Waterhouse
Composer and Cellist


SO 26.05.2019, 19:00 Uhr | Gasteig, Carl-Orff-Saal

Begegnungen 1892 / 2019 - Nussknacker / The Seven Ages

Peter Tschaikowsky (1840-1893): Szenen aus dem Ballett „Der Nussknacker“ op. 71
Graham Waterhouse (geb. 1962): „The Seven Ages“ - interaktives Ballett für zwölf TänzerInnen, zwei tanzende Geigerinnen, Viola und Violoncello (Münchener Erstaufführung)
The Seven Ages - Die sieben Lebensalter (nach Willliam Shakespeare). Interaktives Ballett für zwölf TänzerInnen, zwei tanzende Geigerinnen sowie Viola und Violoncello. Nach der hoch beachteten Uraufführung (Münchner Merkur: „berührende Premiere“... „besonderes Kunsterlebnis“) ist dieses Auftragswerk des Duo ASAP an den Komponisten Graham Waterhouse nun erstmalig im Gasteig erlebbar. Die Künste fließen ineinander über - Musik wird sichtbar, Tanz wird zu Klang!


Composer and Cellist Graham Waterhouse was born in London in 1962 into a musical family and has lived in Munich since 1992. He received his musical education at Highgate School, Cambridge University and at the Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen and the Hochschule für Musik Köln. In 2018 he was awarded a PhD (in composition) from Birmingham City University, UK.
Graham Waterhouse's PhD Thesis, consisting of Scores, an Analytical Commentary and Recordings can be found under: Link to PhD Thesis


Eight Bagatelles

Eight Bagatelles for clarinet, violin, cello and piano (2017)
5.Space Lord
8.Galactic City
8. Oktober 2017, München
Tatiana Sikorskaja, Klavier
Önder Baloglu, Violine
Hans-Joachim Büsching, Klarinette
Graham Waterhouse, Cello
The initial idea for the Bagatelles came from a picture of an installation entitled "Ilya Kabakov, the man who flew into space from his apartment". This sparked off an imaginery science-fiction narrative, appealing to the generation brought up with Dr Who and "Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy". Kabakov encounters various apochrophal characters, situations, states of mind before his journey is finally cut short when he confronts the galactic city.
Ilya, sitting peacefully at his place,
was one sunny Sunday suddenly catapulted into space.
On leaving earth's athmosphere far below,
he found himself weightless, top to toe.
His first terrifying encounter was with a demonic extra-terrestial,
in the shape of a beast most bestial.
He soothed his nerves and calmed his mood,
humming an otherwordly melody from his child-hood.
Who should o'er-hear him, hand in laser-Sword,
but the forbidding, the black-masked Space Lord.
They chatted about times present, future and past,
Ilya's vision of life in the stars grew fast.
On he accelerated, past time-warps and nebulae,
past dopplar effects and meteorae.
His progress was halted with dazzling alacrity,
on coming face to face with the menacing Galactic City.
Graham Waterhouse
There are eight shortish pieces, each different in length, scoring and mood. The music encompass a broad spectrum between dissonance and euphony, sophistication and commonplace. The Bagatelles explore one sentiment each; they are fleeting visions of an outlandish imaginery scenario.

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