Unhörbare Zeit

Jürg Frey

Unhörbare Zeit has been performed in Aarau, Düsseldorf, Montréal and New York City…

At times, the string quartet sounds like the silence of an open space, the hush of an empty room, wall or landscape. It is taciturn, but not absent music. It is not speechless, nor does it come to the verge of falling silent. The liveliness and shine of the music doesn’t come from gestures or motivic figures. However, there is much to be found in its quiet presence: colours, sentiments, shadows, sound, duration, life. This music is mute architecture.

In this music, there are various emotional and architectural sound worlds — volume and wasteland, lightness and the weight of substances, intimacy and loss — over whose dividing borders one gently traverses.

This music often comes as a result of simple and clear procedures, but the demand for precision is thereby increased.

Elemental materials and construction can be perceived as sentiment, and attention to detail becomes paramount in the suspension of these sentiments, so that they do not fall into the limitation of expressivity.

Premiere

  • March 7, 2006, Moments musicaux I, Kultur & Kongresshaus Aarau, Aarau (Switzerland)

Unhörbare Zeit

  • Jürg Frey
  • Year of composition: 2004-06
  • Duration: 38:00
  • Instrumentation: string quartet and 2 percussions

On disc

Concerts

7 Marc 2006
7:30 pm
FreyGoldstein
In person
Aarau (Switzerland)
11 Marc 2006
BeugerFrey
In person
Düsseldorf (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)
4 Augu 2017
8:00 pm
Frey
In person
New York City (New York, USA)
3 June 2020
8:00 pm
Cancelled
Série QB
FreyRadigue
In person
Montréal (Québec)
3 June 2021
6:00 pm
Frey
In person Sorry, sold out
Montréal (Québec)
3 June 2021
8:00 pm
Frey
In person Sorry, sold out
Montréal (Québec)