An arrangement of nine pieces from the 30 Miniatures op. 26.

After several successful performances of what were at first miniatures for two violins (from the first book of my violin method) I decided to arrange nine of these short pieces in various versions for concert performance. These versions—the first a septet for string quintet, clarinet, and harp or piano; the second for string orchestra; the third for piano; and the fourth for large orchestra—present variants of the materials from the selected duets, albeit in considerably different durations and with differing content. They include harmonic metamorphoses, formal restructurings, more complex contrapuntal processes, and precisionings of the rhythmic structure that were not at hand in the 1974-76 originals.

Each of these versions has been worked out in an individual way. The original duets became a quarry of materials for lighter compositions. Apart from weightier concepts I have been continually haunted by the idea that one could with the means of the musical avant-garde also create an entertainment music, trying out a modernization—if not indeed a revolution—of what currently exists (see also POP revolution). This work presents one of the many possibilities I have thought of for reaching this goal.

I     Dance of the Koldunian Warlocks

II    Dice game in Skopje

III   South Slavic Leaping Dance

IV   City man’s wooing song for a country girl

V    Lullaby from Mostar

VI   Night Music of the Smyrnian Smugglers

VII  Dolls’ Dance

VIII Dracula’s Love Dance

IX   Horó in Bulgarian Style

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a: first version for septet (clarinet, harp, and string quintet) Score (Extract, Pdf) (2007)
a': second version for septet (clarinet, piano, and string quintet) Score (Extract, Pdf) (...)

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b: version for string orchestra Score (Extract, Pdf) (...)

Premiere of the version for string orchestra: June 2008 in Schloss Hof
Duration: ca. 11 minutes

Audio samples:

René Staar - Würfelspiel


Nr. II Dice game in Skopje (version for string orchestra)
Fritz Kreisler Ensemble

René Staar - Wiegenlied


Nr. V Lullaby from Mostar (version for string orchestra)
Fritz Kreisler Ensemble

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c: concert version for piano Score (Extract, Pdf) (2008)

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d: version for large orchestra (2008-2021, Vienna and Salzburg)
Duration: ca. 15 minutes

Parts and instrumentation:

I Dance of the Koldunian Warlocks (18.8.2008, Salzburg)   1’15’’

3-3 [3. also eh]-3-2+cbn / 0-3-0-0 / 3 perc / harp / str
perc I castanets
perc II snare drum, bass drum
perc III siren

II Dice game in Skopje (18.8.2008, Salzburg)   0’36’’

3-3-3[1. in E♭E flat, 2., 3. in B♭]-1 / 4-3-3-1 / 3 perc / harp / str
perc I timpani
perc II large suspended cymbals
perc III tam-tam, gran cassa

Audio sample:

René Staar - Würfelspiel


Nr. II Dice game in Skopje (version for orchestra)
ORF-Sinfonieorchester, René Staar 

III South Slavic Leaping Dance (25.9.2019, Vienna)  0'41''

3-2+eh-3-3 / 4-3-4-1 / 3 perc / harp / str
perc I bass drum
perc II 2 snare drums high-low, cowbell (high)
perc III medium suspended cymbals

IV City man’s wooing song for a country girl (29.11.2019, Vienna)   1’20’’

3-2+eh-3-2+cbn / 4-3-3-0 / 3 perc / harp / str
perc I  2 bongos
perc II claves
perc III medium-large triangle

V Lullaby from Mostar (24.12.2019, Vienna)   2’20’’

3-2[+cor anglais]-3-2+cbn / 4-3-3-1 / harp / str

VI Night Music of the Smyrnian Smugglers (26.4.2020, Vienna)  3’02’’

3[3. also picc]-3-3-2+cbn / 4-3-3-1 / 3 perc / harp / celesta / str 
perc I timpani, bass drum, 2 bongos
perc II 2 tom-toms high-low, large suspended cymbals
perc III tambourine with skin and bells, tam-bam, low snare drums

VII Dolls’ Dance (9.9.2020, Vienna)   1’00’’

3-3-3-3 / 4-3-3-1 / 3 perc / harp / str
perc I  bass drum
perc II 2 snare drums senza corde
perc III tambourine with skin and bells, 2 triangles high-low, pair of cymbals

VIII Dracula’s Love Dance (18.1.2021, Vienna) 1’05’’

3-3-3-2 / 4-3-3-0 / 3 perc / str 
perc I bass drum
perc II large dymbals, 2 snare drums high-low con e senza corde
perc III tambourine with skin and bells, tam-tam

IX Horó in Bulgarian Style (28.3.2021, Vienna) 1’45’’

2+Picc.-3[3. also eh]-3-[3. also bcl]-2+cbn / 4-3-3-1 / 3 perc / harp / str
perc I castanets, bass drum, timpani
perc II vibraphone, 2 snare drums high-low, glockenspiel
perc III 1 bright, but not too high-pitched wooden block, low tom-tom, triangle, medium-large pair of cymbals