»For Robert Schollum and his Halbthurn Concerts«

For solo violin
Premiere: 1986 at the »Halbthurner Schlosskonzerte«, played by René Staar
Duration: ca. 6 minutes
Score: ECA Nr. 71010 Score (Extract, Pdf)
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Staar would dedicate it to Robert Schollum (1913–1987) whom he knew very well as a friend, and whose works he often played. Schollum was a great champion of Austrian contemporary music; he ran his own series of programs at the Austrian Radio, programmed many concert series throughout the entire country including the »Halbthurner Schlosskonzerte« which supported young interpreters of 20th century music and their public.

As do all of the »Homages« of René Staar, the Halbthurn Capriccioso takes for its source the musicalized letters of a name – in this case Robert Schollum. The intervals of the tone row b-e-s-c-h form the main theme of the piece. From this series of tones and intervals playful and lyrical snippets form a Rondo, which, in spite of its composition in 1986, is much freer than the Ständchen composed for Ernst Krenek’s birthday a year before. Like that work, this one is also a birthday present, this time for Robert Schollum. (Translation: Michael Ingham)