Work in progress

 

Study for 2 flutes »Libellen« [Dragonflies] op. 29 II A No. 1

completed in August 2019 in Vienna
for 2 flutes
Duration: 2 minutes 30

Rhythmic counterpoint, dotted rhythmic figures, and quasi-hemiola formations develop out of overlapping chromatic and whole-tone tetrachords. These structures traverse tonal contrasts between legato, staccato, flute pizzicati and flutter-tonguing within the shortest possible time-frame, before finally returning to the tetrachord formations of the beginning, albeit hesitantly and reflectively.

 

Study for soprano and tenor saxophone »Spiel« [Play] op. 29 II B No. 1

completed on 17 September 2019 in Vienna
for soprano and tenor saxophone
Duration: 5'30''

A play between two instruments sharing a similar timbre but having different ranges presents two structures comprising four pitches: one is chromatic, while the other consists exclusively of whole tones. In constant competition with each other, both structures pass through different stages and characters. Towards the end of the piece, both structures move towards each other – but just before they merge the piece breaks off.

 

Study for 2 oboes and English horn »Aus der Mottenkiste« [Relics of the Past] op. 29 III B No. 1

completed on 2 November 2019
for 2 oboes and English horn
Duration: 2 minutes 55

The title indicates that the texture (which oscillates between homophony and polyphonic elements) and the instrumentation of the piece suggest something antiquated, perhaps even reminiscent of the Biedermeier era. New sound effects of today's experimental music are virtually completely absent – in contrast to the use of extreme registers – even the character of the piece does not fit into the jargon of today's compositional methodology. »Cheerfulness« seldom belongs to the vocabulary of contemporary music and is only too conveniently banished as being »naive.« It might be tempting to attach the label of Neoclassicism to this piece. However, the rather unusual harmonic concept, which mostly relies upon the interrelationships of predefined patterns, works against such a categorization.

 

Study for flute, alto saxophone and horn »in drei verschiedenen Geschwindigkeiten« op. 29 III F No. 1

Composed in St. Pietro di Filetto and Vienna 2001
for flute, alto saxophone, and horn
Duration: 1'42''
World premiere: 2001 by the Ensemble Wiener Collage conducted by René Staar

 

Study for B-flat clarinet, C trumpet and trombone »in drei verschiedenen Geschwindigkeiten« op. 29 III F No. 2
 
Duration: 1'50''
World premiere: 2001 by the Ensemble Wiener Collage conducted by René Staar

 

Study for piccolo, 4 flutes, and alto flute in G op. 29 VI E Nr. 1 

Composed on 26 September 2020 in Vienna 
Duration: 2'55''

This sextet study for flutes is a piece with a very lyrical character, in which there is experimentation with combinations of 4- to 6-part chords. The piece has a primarily homophonic texture, out of which emerge individual solos, cadence-like formations, and sharply-contoured passages. 

Staar also composed an adaptation of the 22-second miniature »Dialogue« (No. 65) from the second volume of Bartók's Mikrokosmos for the same instrumentation.