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In Vain

For 24 Instruments

By Georg Friedrich Haas

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Chamber ensemble
For 24 Instruments. Composed by Georg Friedrich Haas. Full score (miniature score). With Standard notation. 274 pages. Duration 1 hour, 10 minutes. Universal Edition #UE34805. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE034805).

Item Number: PR.UE034805

ISBN 3702469869.

Haas is certainly escaping the envelope altogether. In Vain takes music to new territories. "In vain is a narrative of oppositions, setting light against darkness, dissonance against pure intervals, modern tuning against natural resonances. It begins with rapid, swirling patterns, like snow in high wind. Toward the end of the opening section, Haas asks that the lights in the hall be gradually turned down, signalling a shift into a different realm: the instruments abandon equal-tempered tuning and follow the overtone series." -- Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise (music critic, The New Yorker) "During Georg Friedrich Haas's In Vain, the listener experiences a heightened state of awareness, becoming acutely attuned to the intricacies of a psychedelically beautiful soundscape that often unfolds in total darkness. -- Vivien Schweitzer, Unearthly Harmonies, Best Heard in the Dark (Critic's Notebook, The New York Times).

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