for Percussion and Violoncello, op. 107b (2001)
instruments required: Vibraphone, 2 tom-toms, 2 bongos, side drum, templeblocks,
4 cymbals, sizzle cymbal, gong (diameter 50cm, larger if possible), tamtam, triangel,
chimes, cow-bell, vibraslap
performance: August 5, 2001, Asiago (Italy), Duomo di S. Matteo
Julius Berger / Peter Sadlo
score and 2 parts ED 9721 / ISMN M-001-13640-2
2001, Bertold Hummel composed the present work as a commission for the "Asiago
Festival" and brought together in the grand dimensions of this "Fantasy
in one movement" - as he himself termed it - for the first time the instruments
he had always most loved during his life.
Asiago - the letters a-s-a-g, corresponding
to the notes a, e-flat, a, g in the German musical scale, open and close the work
- is a successful excursion into the complex sound combinations of percussion
instruments and the mystical, sensuous tone of the violoncello, whereby the stringed
instrument occasionally takes on a percussive role and the percussion is sometimes
treated like a bowed instrument. Driving rhythmes pursue each other, alternating
with meditative moments. Chorale fragments lead to a grand cadenza, in which the
instrumentalists have the opportunity, following patterns provided, for free improvisation.
The première of this work of approximately 15 minutes duration took
place on 5th August, 2001 in the Duomo di S.Matteo in Asiago in northern Italy
and was in the hands of Peter Sadlo and Julius Berger, who are amongst the most
committed exponents of my father's works.