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Zelenka István

(30. 07. 1936)

Zelenka István
Zelenka István
134, Chemin de la Montagne
CH-1224 Chêne-Bougeries
Suisse

Tel: +41 (0)22 348 73 49
Fax: +41 (0)22 348 73 49


Biography
Born in Budapest; musical studies
1956 - Emigrates to Vienna
1960 - Austrian citizenship
1962 - Geneva: Sound engineer, LPs
1966 - Marries Kati
1976 - Swiss citizenship
1976 until 2001 - Radio Suisse Romande: musical director/producer
1978 until 1991 - Responsible for a radio musical trend magazine
1981 until 2001 - Heads courses at Geneva Conservatory
Compositions of philophonic urban spaces (performance networks), chamber music, orchestra, musical theatre, electro acoustics, 'pièces de s'écoute', texts etc..
1995 - Debut as a performer
2000 - Debut as a computer aided painter
2002 - First exhibitions
"The discoveries of Swift, which are fundamental to art, state that there is no interest in the world of objects if there does not exist an artist who can look upon them with the completely open eyes and contemplation of a cretin." (Abram Terz: 'Une voix dans le choeur')


Work list
Un Faust-digest agrémenté (1968-1979)
Musical theatre
for 6 singers, 1 comedian, chamber orchestra and recorded sound
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Developed beginning with the libretto and a little of the music from the opera Faust by Gounod.
Duration: 24' 00"
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"Dove, dove, Signore, Signori?" (1972)
Musical theatre
for singer-actor, singer-actress, piccolo playing actress, trombone playing actor, piano playing actor, sound recording
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 18' 00"
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"You do remember all the circumstance?" (1974)
Musical theatre or concert
for male voice and a pre-recorded historical sound document, piano, percussion, horn
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 8' 00"
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Union libre 1977 (1977)
for flure, violoncello, female voice, piano
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 30' 00"
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Glock Glück ist? (1978)
1 Plädoyer
for mixed choir, speaker with megaphone, piano and Papageno's music box
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 8' 00"
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Vivat Nucleus! (1978)
Parabola
for wind quintet and sound recording
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 10' 00"
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progression / regression (1979)
Sequential exercise
for violin, piano
Duration: 15' 00"
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"...the permanent variations produced by confined breeding and changing circumstances are continued and..." (1979)
1 succession-selection
for flutes and string trio
Duration: 15' 00"
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"C'est avec reconnnaissance et émotion que j'ai appris très sincèrement dévoué à tous" (1980)
Radiophonic itiniary on 4 stations
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Radio studio production with voice, instruments and recorded sound.
Duration: 26' 00"
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"...le dialogue, ou le duel si tu préfères, entre l'homme et son dieu n'aboutit pas au néant..." (1981)
Matrix
for organ, synthesiser and piano
Duration: 16' 00"
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"Un peu de SALADE encore, Monseigneur?" (1982)
Scenic exercise in 1 act
for diseuse, cornist, pianist, percussionist and sound recording
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 12' 00"
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Médaille, pile ET face (1984)
for partial orchestra
The first part of this composition is to be played just before the pause and the second part just after.
Duration: 22' 00"
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Parking-Music (1984)
Espace philophonique
for 3 automobiles equipped with cassette players with loud speakers on the outside + 1 cymbal player
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Yverdon but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 3h 00" (en de nombreuses séquences)
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Gebeetstunde (1986)
for 2 violoncellists, 3 pianists, 8 cymbal players
Performance-network in the 'Alten Stadtgärtnerei', Basel.
This composition can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 2h 00"
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Insulaire (1986)
for violoncellist, pianist, cymbal (beaten with sticks) player
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Geneva but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 4h 30' 00" (en de nombreuses séquences durant toute une semaine)
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Jeune et bronzé (1987)
for flute, guitar, sound recording
Duration: 11' 00"
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"mais oû êtes-vous passé, mon Chou?" (1987)
for trombonist, street vendor and sound recording
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 10' 00"
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AIR(E)S (1988)
for opera singer (f), pianist, clarinettist, homme-phontaine, chime player, 5 cymbal players (with sticks), portable recordings
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Geneva but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 19h 30' 00" (en de nombreuses séquences durant toute une semaine)
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"...sind wir nicht immer verpflichtet..." (1988)
for accordionists with bells on their feet and recorded sound
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 10' 00"
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Etat de siège(s) (1989)
Compositionn for a symphonic programme
Diffused distribution of 5 sound recordings and a violinist.
To be played between two symphonic pieces immediately after the orchestra has left the concert hall.
Duration: 12' 00"
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musique nécessaire / musique possible ? – gerüst – cependant l'OZONE, par exemple (1989-1991)
3 autonomous compositions
for 1 pianist
All three pieces can be played separately.
This piece is a part of (s)'écoute, which can be interpreted:
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience or in the presence of several loved ones
b) at a (busy) public open space in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 30' 00"
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musique piétonne I (1989)
for 3 portable synth players, 1 portable cassette player, 1 amplified breather, 3 portable cassettes
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Sonates de gare; Harangue de la femme qui court; Souffle du respirant; News International; pas de 3-2-1.
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Geneva but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 15h 00" (en de nombreuses séquences durant toute une semaine)
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"The trumpet shall sound!" (1990)
Stillstück
for a violoncellist with simultaneous live environmental sounds
This composition is one of those under the pieces known under (self) listening; it can be interpreted
a) in an intimate/private room with a window or door to the outside world, without an audience or in the presence of several loved ones
b) at a public open location/place in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 15' 00"
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Musique des sphères (1990)
for clarinet, violin, horn, bassoon, viola, violoncello, double bass and two sound recordings
Duration: 21' 00"
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solitaire/solidaire (1992)
for bass clarinet, trombone, erhu (Chinese violin), piano, 1 pair of cymbals (with sticks), cassette players, notebooks, photos
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Geneva but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 60' 00"
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frapper, heurter, rouler: prises pour ensemble de percussions (1992)
for 4 tams, 3 tambourines (Basel), 2 cow-bell players, 1 set of tubular bells
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Geneva but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 3h 30' 00" (en 7 séquences durant toute une semaine)
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KUKUKUPOPOL (1993)
for violinists, flutists, clarinettists, chime player, violoncellists, photographers, writers
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Berne but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 3h 00" (in 7 Sequenzen auf eine ganze Woche verteilt)
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musique piétonne II (1993)
Sound carry-on
for 1 breather, 5 portable recorders, 1 photographer, 1 pianist
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Basel but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 6h 15' 00" (en 12 séquences durant 3 journées)
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musique piétonne III (1993)
for 1 breather, 5 carriers of sound, 1 photographer, 1 pianist
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Berne but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 8h 15' 00" (en 15 séquences durant 3 journées)
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que (1993-1996)
Behavioural action, sound and/or gesture
for 1 performer
This piece is a part of (s)'écoute, which can be interpreted:
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience or in the presence of several loved ones
b) in a (busy) public open space in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 37' 00"
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jäh (1993)
for organist, yeller
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 12' 00"
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jäh+ (1994)
for organist, street vendor, vocal ensemble and tubular bells
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 12' 00"
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Wer ist der Verantwortliche? Wer wird verantwortlich gemacht? Wer nimmt die Verantwortung auf sich? (1995)
Philophonic network for Jena
for 3 sound carriers (Pas de 3), 2 sound carriers (Sandwich-(wo)men), 1 breather (amplified), 2 speakers, 1 pianist, 1 writer, 1 tagger, 6 photographers, 2 cymbal players
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Jena but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: mehrere Stunden in 35 Sequenzen auf eine ganze Woche verteilt
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musique piétonne IV (1995)
"...es gibt keine unschuldige Tat, das ist die Wahrheit!"
for 1 violoncellist, 1 photographer, 1 sound carrier, 1 clarinettist, 1 percussionist, 1 writing observer, 1 pianist, 1 accordionist
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Bienne but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 7h 50' 00" (en 18 séquences durant toute une semaine)
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Warumweltfreundlich erregt (1995)
A model
for 3 performers, 2 speakers, 1 cymbal player, 1 sound carrier, 1 photographer, 1 writer, 1 tagger
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Berne but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 21h 16' 00" (in 26 Sequenzen auf eine ganze Woche verteilt)
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weder / doch sogar (1995)
Concept
for 1-3 performers, their specification is undetermined
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
Duration: unbestimmt
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Beitrag zur Wahlkampagne - selbstredend (1995)
Performance
for a single interpreter with an acoustic guitar
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Non-guitar players can perform this composition without difficulty;
This composition is one of those under the pieces known as (self) listening; it can be interpreted
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience, or in the presence of several loved ones
b) at a public open location/place in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 12' 00"-45' 00" (variabel)
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The Skinscrapers Testimony (1995)
Performance
for 1 interpreter with a frame drum
Non-percussionists can perform this composition without difficulty;
This composition is one of those under the pieces known as (self) listening; it can be interpreted
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience, or in the presence of several loved ones
b) in a public open location/place in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 32' 00"-64' 00"
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puisse / puissent (1995)
Performance solo
for 1 player of 2 cow bells (holding 1 in each hand) and a wooden board (+/- 70x30x1-2cm)
This piece is a part of (s)'écoute, which can be interpreted:
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience or in the presence of several loved ones
b) in a (busy) public open space in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 30' 00"-54' 00"
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exercice / extasis (1995)
Actions of behavior
for 1 or more performers
This composition is one of those under the pieces known as (self) listening; it can be interpreted
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience, or in the presence of several loved ones
b) at a public open location/place in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 32' 00" (oder variabel)
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einsichtsvoll hellhörig: ein Hörenmass (1996)
Audio performance
for 1 performer and 1 portable cassette or CD player
Body-gestural performance in a public location/place in the city.
Duration: 30' 00"
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ob Sinnsucht, ob Nutzpflicht (1996)
A workshop for all
for an undefined number of performers who are able to play either the piano, a wind, string or percussion instrument, who were vocalists or performed silent body gestural series of actions (in Jena over two dozen people participated)
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Jena but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
The duration of the 245 sequences, performed over the whole week in several places (partly simultaneously) within Jena totals over 60 hours.
Duration: variabel
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ein Laden / einladen (1996)
A concept
for the public entering the shop and a couple, at the most three, professional musicians
In this project the traditional distinction between interpreter and audience is nullified. Each individual enters the shop (Laden) when he/she wishes and becomes simultaneously and equally performer and listener; independent and jointly responsible through trust. This composition, performed in Zurich and Baden, can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: variabel (1996 in Zürich: 10 h)
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Nekromanze (1996)
for 1 pianist and 1 vocalist
Texts: István Zelenka
Duration: 3' 00"
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phontaine (1997-2000)
Domestic performance
for a private person at home listening and acting to a special sound-recording on CD
Duration: 60' 00"
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j'insiste (1997)
1 arrangement
for alto flute, viola, harp
Duration: 12' 00"
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unter Berücksichtigung all dessen (1997)
1 armwork
for an unspecified number of armworkers who play with both arms having each hand on the surface of a door
This composition is one of those under the pieces known as (self) listening; it can be interpreted
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience, or in the presence of several loved ones
b) in a public open location/place in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 15' 00"-25' 00" (variabel)
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QUER (1997)
A workshop in three phases
for 20 instumental or vocal or bodily gestural, sound carrying, writing, tagging, photographing performers
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
QUER-IN 50 sequences; HINUNDQUER 23 sequences; QUER-ÖFF 37 sequences, distributed over a 3-week period.
QUER is a composition for events over a 3-week period. It is a development of the private into the public domain. This composition, performed in Kreuzlingen and Constance, can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: variabel
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observateur ? complice (1997)
for 2 (1 pianist/photographer/writer, 1 guitarist/writer/kalimba player/ringer of 2 cowbells and body-gestural performance)
Philophonic performance-network at open locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Geneva but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 4h 23' 00" (en 7 séquences durant toute une semaine)
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phon mir aus (1997)
1 Model
for an undefined number of rather more vocalists, rather more instrumentalists or rather more non-specialists, and 'Phontaine' (an electronic tape composition)
Created in collaboration with Peter Trachsel/HASENA.
Philophonic performance-network in 16 private apartments and 14 public spaces in FL-Vaduz-Nord.
This composition can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 60' 00" (in mehreren Sequenzen)
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"ich habe nicht einmal die Zeit gehabt bis das Brot fertig gebacken wurde" (Drenica March 1998) (1998)
for 1 interpreter with a rainstick of about 75 cm in length
This composition is one of those under the pieces known as (self) listening; it can be interpreted
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience, or in the presence of several loved ones
b) at a public open location/place in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 20' 00"
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1. Liga (1998)
for 3 wrist alarm clocks and 2 guitars
Duration: 30' 00"
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1 Handwerk (1998)
for an individual standing stable and acting with the hands
This composition is one of those under the pieces known as (self) listening; it can be interpreted
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience, or in the presence of several loved ones
b) at a public open location/place in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 12' 00"
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.B. eines Tages auf einer exponierten Verkehrsinsel ein Flugblatt zusammenfalten, es in kleine Stücke zerreissen und wie Confetti hoch in die Luft werfen. Später einer nahestehenden Person telefonieren und ihr etwas im Augenblick als wichtig erscheisendes singen.....(wie)geht es weiter? (1998)
1 tour
for 4 cymbal players, 2 speakers, 1 sound-machine-operator, 1 pianist, 3 clarinettists, 1 flutist, 1 guitarist, 1 vocalist, 1 body gesturing actor, 5 people standing, 5 people walking
In Winterthur, in the conservatory building, in the gardens, across the city, in public squares, in a theatre (Theatre am Gleis): in the entrance hall, in a rehearsal room and finally on the stage and into the auditorium.
This composition can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 10h 00" (in 12 Sequenzen innerhalb von 10 Stunden Dauer)
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warumweltfreundlich for ever! (1998)
1 Example
for 3 vocalists or rather more instrumentalists or rather more non-specialists, 2 speakers, 1 cymbal player, 1 instrumentalist, 1 tagger/photographer/writer 3+2 sound carriers, 1 breather (amplified)
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Philophonic performance-network at various open locations/places/rooms in the city.
This composition was performed in Gera and Lusan but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 22h 54' 00" (in 34 Sequenzen auf eine ganze Woche verteilt)
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1 Entstehungsgeschichte (1998)
Model
for 5 interpreters, as far as possible consisting of 5 (min 4) various categories: wind, strings, plucked instruments, percussion, vocalists, (upright) piano, sounding objects, and/or..
With this composition I suggest a model as an antidote to sacrosanct reproducibility whereby the participants first discover and study the "score" before the eyes of the audience without any possibility of hoping to "do it better next time", to be interpreted most intensively prima et ultima vista. It is about the becoming and not the become, the creating and not the creation.
Duration: 30' 00" (variabel)
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Commissio (1998)
Duo, a dialogue between a project collaborator and a craftsman (small-business man/woman)
for an undefined number of duos, rather more vocalists, rather more instrumentalists or rather more non-specialists, each with a craftsman (small-business man/woman)
A partnership between a project collaborator and a craftsman (small-business man/woman) should be developed in a dialogue. The project collaborator searches for a craftsman willing to allow his daily business activities to become amicably "coloured" by a series of sounding or "theatrical" actions, in other words: illuminated in a different light.
Duration: 3h 00"-5h 00" (in 3-5 Sequenzen auf eine ganze Woche verteilt)
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angesichts (1999)
Quartet
for vocalising and bodily gesturing instrumentalists, bodily gesturing vocalists, bodily gesturing actors (dancer, mime?); Sound-Machine-Operator with a portable radio recorder (radio, cassette or CD player)
Within the framework of a concert or spectacle programme, possibly taking place simultaneously to other spatially seperated productions.
Duration: 90' 00"
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ebengültig, gleichbürtig: Tschüss! (1999)
Quintet
for 5 interpreters
Within the framework of a concert or spectacle programme, possibly taking place simultaneously to other spatially seperated productions.
Duration: 60' 00"
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ZWEIN (1999)
1 canon for 2 speakers
for 2 speakers who create the texts themselves following a given method
Within the framework of a concert or spectacle programme, possibly taking place simultaneously to other spatially separated productions.
Duration: variabel doch nicht kürzer als 30'
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1 Tournée (1999)
for 26 various protagonists
Duration: 8h 00"
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1 Kopfwerk (1999)
for a mentally-acting individual lying on his/her belly on the floor holding his/her slightly lifted head with both hands and his/her elbows supporting in the usual way
For an acting individual lying on his/her belly holding his/her somewhat lifted head with both his/her hands with his/her elbows in the usual position.
This composition is one of those under the pieces known as (self) listening; it can be interpreted
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience, or in the presence of several loved ones
b) at a public open location/place in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 14' 00"
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1 Stockwerk (1999)
for a single interpreter with a walking stick
This composition is one of those under the pieces known as (self) listening; it can be interpreted
a) in an intimate/private room, without an audience, or in the presence of several loved ones
b) at a public open location/place in the city or countryside with no especially invited audience
c) integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other spatially separated productions.
d) potentially within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert programme.
Duration: 16' 00"-26' 00"
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Tschüss, oder ? (1999)
1 Exercise
There can be found, close to Dalvazza in canton Grisons, a very old, long-standing and totally uninhabited house with its surroundings (garden, streets): every visitor can contribute to this project/adventure by being voluntarily and simultaneously performer and onlooker; the usual confrontation between interpreter and audience is here nullified.
This composition can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: nicht voraussehbar
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"5, 4, 3, 2, 2, 1, looos!" (1999)
A self discovering
for an undefined number or school pupils
There can be found, close to Dalvazza in canton Grisons, a very old, long-standing and totally uninhabited house with its surroundings (garden, streets): every pupil from a class at the secondary modern in Pany (Grisons) receives a score with various proposals for actions. Each of the individuals should first treat the information found onsite as he/she wishes and orientate themselve indepentently.
This composition can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: nicht voraussehbar doch wahrscheinlich nicht länger als 1 Stunde
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MAnna MBlume (1999)
for speaker, singer, drummer and pianist
Texts: István Zelenka
Duration: 3' 00"
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OFFstab (1999)
1 tour
for 5 performers with cassettophones
Duration: 3h 00"
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Quartett (1999)
1 tour
for instrumentalists, vocalists, dancers and sound machine operator
Duration: 3h 00"
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Quintett (1999)
1 tour
for 5 wind instruments
Duration: 2h 30' 00"
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desto (2000)
1 Occupation
for 10 project participants: rather more vocalists, rather more instrumentalists or rather more non-specialists or bodily gesturing and an undefined number of people entering the room
As in several of my projects "desto" does away with the customary interpreter/audience confrontation. This piece is basically about occupation with and not production of.
This composition, performed in the 'Dampfzentrale' in Berne, can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 10h 00"
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kannst im öffentlichen Raum! (2000)
1 sound carry-on
for 10 sound carrying flyer manipulators
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
From Saturday afternoon until Monday evening moments of dialogue, not a dispute, between the aesthetic and everyday, the unexpected and the familiar can begin. The perception of the external and internal environment should/could be a little enriched. The performances are predetermined, composed sequences of actions and sounds which appear unexpectedly from the everyday leading the onlooker to ask the question "should I approach or walk past?" This composition, performed at public locations/places and along connecting walkways between the old city and Prater in Vienna, can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 7h 30' 00" (in 12 Sequenzen auf 3 Tage verteilt)
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no goal, no conflict, no climax, just doing: viz. (2000)
for an undefined number of people: musicians or actors or dancers, gymnasts, writers or individuals
Originally composed for American musicians who are unable to read notes.
This project can also be performed by musicians who can read notes. Performed in various versions until 2004 in Talkotteville, Chicago, California, USA and Curutiba, Brazil.
Duration: unbestimmt
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1 Buchhaltung (2000/07)
1 Performance
for 1 performer with a book as an object held/moved with the hands/arms
Duration: 14' 00"
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"…lass dich nicht bezirzen, Liebste(r)!…" (2001-2007)
1 Composition
for 1 reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variabel
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Chemikalien in wässriger Lösung, die das latente Bild sichtbar machen (2001/06)
for one small electronic (toy) keyboard player
At three highly different socio-acoustic places/rooms each one of the three parts are played:
a/ at a busy, open place/area in the city
b/ in an additional room within your own apartment or another apartment
c/ in a peaceful, quiet, large, broad, high, reverberating room such as a church, disused factory or museum.
Duration: 64' 30"
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Révélateur: bain de substances chimiques, transformant l'image latente en image visible (2001)
for 1 player of a simple portabe electronic piano (toy?), possibly only diatonic
Look for 3 places/spaces that are socially and acoustically differentiated:
a) a public open, busy space in the city
b) public location/space, rather quiet and calm
c) in private sphere at home
During a day or a week play all of the 3 sequences in each of the above specified locations and listen carefully to the surrounding sound slightly 'coloured' by your instrument.
Duration: 3 séquences: 25'40– 18'–21'20
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withinsidexplorer (2002)
for 1-5 interpreters with unspecified specialities
The score consists of a series of precisely chronometric time sections: within each of the time sections is given an exact indication as to the duration of any action or activity to be performed at any one time.
Duration: variabel, höchstens 90
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"Celui qui n'entend pas la musique prend les dansants pour déments" (2002)
1 enterprise
for an unspecified number of praticipants: musicians, comediens, sculptors, writers, photographers, individuals etc.
Philophonic performance-network for individuals or groups at open public or private locations/places in the city.
This composition was performed in Geneva but can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: durée et nombre des séquences durant 3 mois indéterminées
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Fred and Victoria in concert, Bruce and Agnes too (2002)
5 + 5 text-voice pieces
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Computer generated voices recorded on CD.
Duration: 55' 00"
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1 Hörspiel (2002)
for a performer manipulating his/her ears with his fingers and the palms of his hands
1 Hörspiel is a composition to try out/experience. I have not created it for a public presentation. 1 Hörspiel should be "experimented" in a room or location/place where sounds from all directions, even from behind and from a distance, can be perceived.
Duration: 36' 00"
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"...es ist eine schöne Sache um die Zufriedenheit..." (2002)
seam piece for 1 guitarist - dedicated to Christoph Jäggin
For one guitarist with an open, slightly filled plastic mineral water bottle, a "flexible" medium sized plastic bag, 2 similarly large pebbles, a large teacup containing a small glass marble and a small portable radio with a loudspeaker.
These 'seam pieces' are distinguishable from the pieces for guitar on numerous levels:
- the proposed actions for the seam pieces with an object, with the voice or with the body, their articulation and the nexuses with the actions
- the conceptual freedom of the interpreter to determine the beginning and the end of his/her version, the duration of the single actions and the choice and formulation of the text for the vocal actions
- the basic heterogeneity of the 4 varieties of propositions for action and the dispersed insertion/application of the seam pieces.
->= give a composition within which my occupation with time, style, sound and silence is most probably different from that which occurs in the purely instrumental recitals.
Duration: variabel
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prends ton temps (2003)
1 performance for 2
for 2 individuals with no particular qualification
This project is made for two friends or members of a family. It is a succession of propositions for actions of all kinds: vocal, physical, with accessories, mental, social and exceptional.
This composition, performed in Geneva by a mother and her daughter, can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: indéterminée
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Falterunser (2003)
for a piano player who performs, but for a single exception, only silent actions on the claviature
This composition can be performed per se or in the presence of a loved one in a private room: Falterunser can also be performed simultaneously to other miscellaneous productions but within a framework where it is possible for the people present to follow visually the key-play of the interpreter.
Duration: 13' 30"
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Just (2003)
for a speaker
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
This text should be spoken after the beep of an automatic telephone answering machine belonging to an acquaintance of the interpreter in such manner as to seem like a message.
Duration: 2' 00"-4' 00"
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The Newspeeper's Opportunity (2003)
Silent performance with both arms & hands
for 1 performer
The performer sits in front of a muted television set with a CNN or CNN-like programme; he/she performs the series of simple actions as written in the score while simultaneously observing the silent tv programme and being aware of the strange duet. This composition can be performed alone, without any audience, or in the presence of loved ones.
Duration: 30' 00"
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Allerdings fällt (2003)
for 1 reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 8' 00"
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"Die Langeweile schwindet, wenn schwindet unser Interesse für Paroxysmen" (2004)
1 opportunity
for an undefiend, yet not too large, number of interpreters (musicians or not)
This project is recommended to those people (musicians) who wish to implement and perform actions/activities with instruments, all kinds of sound producing objects, common everyday objects, their bodies, silently in their heads, their voices or by other means or ways.
Duration: variabel
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lieu(x) commun(s) (2004)
1 enterprise
for an unspecified number of qualified/specialist interpreters
Performance composition as a succession of propositions for actions of all kinds: vocal, physical, with accessories, mental, social and exceptional.
This composition, performed in Geneva, can be arranged for new/other circumstances.
Duration: 2h 00"
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Maske (2004)
1 main piece in memoriam Hellmut Gottwald
for 1 performer
A series of silent actions using hands and fingers on the head and face, carried out by a seated performer.
Duration: 12' 00"-18' 00"
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1 Kissentwurf (2004)
for an individual
For a performer sitting on an armless stool at a stable, square kitchen or office table acting with a relatively large, somewhat loosely filled (used) feather pillow in a white pillowcase and a smaller, flatter, hard cushion (without cushion cover).
Kissentwurf is one of the possible realisations of the composition withinsidexplorer; it can be interpreted solo, at home, per se, without an audience or in the presence of a small number of loved ones. It can be played within the framework of a concert or spectacle or other simultaneously but spatially separated musical or non-musical productions, at a public location, inside or outside of buildings, in the countryside and so on.

Duration: 34' 00"
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"Es freut' noch sank sich starb und und" (2004)
1 graft
for a pianist, a speaker and a silent female performer with viola
Librettist: István Zelenka after Goethe.
This composition was created for the 250th birthday of Mozart and his lied "Das Veilchen", based on a poem by Goethe. Within the 30 minute duration of this piece the 5 pianists play separate fragments, the speaker recites 15 separate fragments and the silent actress performs 10 non-instrumental actions with a viola.
Duration: 30' 00"
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Laissez flotter EXTREMEMENT et enjambez le gros sanglier crevé! Queetpopurles ou 11 respirations. Souris? (2005)
8 poetries-actions
for 1 reader (m or f)
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variable
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d'un vrai pire annulé encore blanc jusqu'à pis (2005)
1 reformation
for 1 reader (m or f)
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variable
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über die Grenze in die Umgebung von Einerseits und Andererseits (2005)
5 installations
for 1 reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variabel
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"Versuchen wir die Sachen so zu ordnen, dass das Resultat nie endgültig wird." (2005)
Common property - dedicated to Antoine Beuger
for 5 or 8 interpreters, instrumentalists and/or vocalists and/or...
This composition is recommended to those people (musicians) who wish to implement and perform actions/activities with instruments and sound producers, everyday objects, their bodies, silently in their heads, their voices or by other means or ways.
Duration: variabel doch nicht kürzer als 20
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Nockturne Underground always never Are Good (2005)
1 Reformation
for 3 readers
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variable
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5 Textfragmente für Brieftauben (2005-2007)
for 5 mail pigeons each transporting 1 fragment
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
This text composition can/should form part of a performance network with various actions and activities.
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"...tâchons d'ordonner les choses de telle façon que le résultat ne soit jamais décisif..." (2005)
1 occasion
for 1 performer or a small ensemble of performers
At the centre of this composition, as in a great number of my projects over the last few years, stands the ideal of the autonomous accomplice. Following an introduction you perform your personal and completely independent version, you can then play accompanied by partners, zealous people or solo and possibly simultaneously together with other productions within the framework of a concert, a spectacle or a workshop.
Duration: variable, mais au moins 15'
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es 2 pieds joints, éclatez de rire, faites des exercices de compromis et mangez 1 pomme tout calmement (2005)
1 pastime for example
for an unspecified number of qualified/specialist interpreters
An autonomous performance of individuals who build, in the form of a workshop, an ensemble with no audience present. It is a succession of propositions for actions of all kinds: vocal, body-gestural, with accessories, mental, social and exceptional. The participants find the score onsite.
Duration: variable
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beinahe etwa (2005)
1 Incitement
solo or ensemble from 3 -5 interpreters without specification
Verbally notated "score" of actions (homogeneous or heterogeneous), audible or not and/or visible or not, with or without instruments, objects etc. It can be interpreted as a solo at home without an audience or in the presence of one or several loved ones. It can also be performed solo or by an ensemble(s) in the countryside or a busy place in the city or within the framework of a somewhat "special" concert or spectacle programme.
Duration: variabel zwischen 15 – 57 Min.
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légers, portables aussi, 1 petite pièce de 3 fois rien, quelques crayons de fard criards, des remords enchaînés, omis peut-être, SILENCE ! vous sont-ils arrivés? (2005)
1 publication
Intended for people visiting the place where the project is being realised; these people perform, as they wish, a succession of propositions for actions of all kinds: vocal, body-gestural, with accessories and/or instruments, mental, social. They will find the score onsite.
Duration: indéterminée
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pour ainsi dire (2005)
for 1 seated accordionist
One accordionist playing on one chromatic, preferably large, instrument.
"...you will play certain notes and sounds but most of the time you will be certainly present but remain quasi (pour ainsi dire) immobile…"
This composition can be performed in an intimate/private room with an open window, without an audience, or in the presence of a small number of loved ones, at an open public location/place in the city or countryside, integrated into a concert programme or spectacle, simultaneous to other but spatially separated productions.
Duration: 12' 00"
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invisibles o dit disparaisse sq scène u x seul lui empirer ouste oi quoi (2005)
à 3
for 3 readers (m/f)
Together the interpreters select 1 novel and decide on the duration of the common parts and the personal parts of the "score". They read fragments extending from one vowel to one entire page.
Duration: variable, mais pas inférieur à 30 (15) minutes
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Just! (2005)
for 1 speaker and 1 ratchet player
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Just! is a simultaneous performance of 2 autonomous compositions: Just! for a speaker and Just! for a ratchet player.
Duration: 15' 00"
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"wenn Sie glauben…" (2006)
for a keyboard player who plays a positiv organ in a chrch, on another occasion a machanical harmonia in a public place in the city and another time an electric keyboard somewhere in the countryside
You can play these three variations of tones, rooms and times either per se, that is alone, or in the presence of one or several loved ones.
Duration: 3 x 37:50
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locker und ohne Eile um sich herum (2006)
1 Programme
for one or more interpreters without specification
From Monday to Saturday of a week choose consecutively several objects from 6 different places in the countryside and in the city; on Sunday find a special place and arrange the chosen objects casually and without haste around yourself; within the framework of the so attained "biotope" invent and realise an unhurried activity, a peaceful, imaginative play with the elements of this "biotope", and likewise with yourself.
Duration: variabel, eine Weile jeden Tag einer Woche
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Gobez debout et quêtez assis! Effleure position et renifle enfin! Oyons? (2006)
Stand(s)
solo or, if prefered, 1 ensemble with 5-7 soloists without specification
Solo version at home or in the nature; solo version or ensemble version as an installation inside or outside in a city; also possible within the framework of a spectacle or concert simultaneously together with other sound and/or visual productions.
Duration: variable mais pas inférieur à 30'
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seelen täglich einige (2006)
1 Reading
for 1 or 2 readers
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variabel doch nicht lang
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FrED - such words as or – c'est-à-dire - dünkt schlief werde (2006)
1 reading
for 1 or 3 readers
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
FrED: 30 or 60 minutes;
such words as or: 30 or 60 minutes;
c'est-à-dire: 30 or 60 minutes;
dünkt schlief werde: 30 or 60 minutes
Each one of the 3 texts could be read as an independent solo; these 3 texts could be also associated and constitute an ensemble of/for 3 autonomous readers;
FrED could be performed
a/ in an intimate/private, or
b/ in a public context:
a/ at the home of one of the performers;
b/ as a sort of installation in the nature or in the city; inside of a public building; in a concert-hall or theatre as an autonomous composition or simultaneously played with all sorts of projects/productions.
Duration: 2h 00"-4h 00"
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"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." (2006)
for 1 performer playing with his palms, elbows, knees, with some natural objects, with some manufactured objects
You could play this composition as a solo, as a kind of installation, in an intimate/private space; in the nature or at a public space in the city; in a public building or within the framework of a somewhat "special" programme in a concert-hall, theatre or alike, as an autonomous solo piece or simultaneously with other musical or non-musical pieces/activities.
Duration: Versions of 30 or 60 or 90 minutes
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néanmoins tantôt de plus (2006)
1 reading
for one reader/elocutionist or 2 or 3 interpereters
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
This composition could be read/spoken/interpreted as a solo version at home without an audience or in the presence of a loved-one. It could also be interpreted within the framework of a public concert or spectacle simultaneously together with other performances/productions with or without sound.
Duration: variable
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raumdeutungt (2006)
Installations (from phontaine & Entwickler & 1 Hörspiel )
for a single contributor or for several independent single contributors or for an ensemble of 3 contributors or for several independent ensembles, each with three contributors
Through a combination of these 3 autonomous compositions, I invite you to an adventurous experience of the room(s).
Duration: a little every day for one week, variable, depends on the number of people contributing.
Duration: variabel
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"by accident and sagacity" auf Deutsch etwa "durch Zufall und Wissenslust" (2006)
1 experience for 5 participants
for 5 participants without specification
Any matter gives out sound when it is struck, stroked, ground, knocked, mashed, kicked, beaten or in any other way touched/felt.
On a round tour of the city the 5 collaborative yet simultaneously autonomous participants experiment/play with materials to which they are personally attracted.

Duration: variabel
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1 Tafelmusik (2006)
for 1 or 3 - 5 participants without specification
Collect a large number of many things, preferably smaller objects, enough to cover a reasonably sized table (board), possibly even multilayered: sitting at the table and following the six-page "score" play the objects with fingers, hands, fists, palms, elbows and forearms. '1 Tafelmusik' can be played per se as a solo at home or in the countryside, alone or in the presence of one or several loved ones. It can also be interpreted as an installation at a public place/area in the city, within the framework of a spectacle/concert or simultaneous to other musical or non-musical pieces. '1 Tafelmusik' can be performed by 3 – 5 participants in the city, the countryside, a public building or within the framework of a spectacle/concert simultaneous to other musical or non-musical pieces.
Duration: variabel, doch mindestens +/- 40:00
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Owl's top fix through (2006/08)
1 Reformation
for 1 reader
Text by Istvàn Zelenka based on a fragment of James Gleick's book "The Theory of Chaos – toward a new science" (Viking Press N.Y. 1987).
Read my text at a comprehensible level, without any particular expression, throughout with the chosen more or less same force and in a constantly alert and fluid tempo; this composition should be performed as solo in intimate surroundings, without any public, or perhaps in presence of a close person.

Duration: variable
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weiden (2007)
1 speaking piece
for 1 reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variabel
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mm (2007)
for 1 reader
A succession of 7 text sequences, which are articulated while the reader bangs strongly against his chest with his right hand; he pronounces the synthetic "words" of this text which are inspired by the phonetics of different languages.
Duration: 30' 00"
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Melodien (2007)
1 openly determined collection - performance
one or several performers (non specific)
Project/invitation to the discovery of a personal melody based on the independent interpretation of the proposals laid out in the introduction, which give regard to the method and the material for the formulation of this melody.
This composition can be performed in private or in public areas as an installation or played within the framework of a composed "concert" or multi-media programme, independently or parallel to/with other productions or activities.
Duration: variabel
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DEF (2007)
3 "lieber ohne Worte" texts
for 1 reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Speak these texts in German (D), English (E) and French (F).
If these three texts are to be performed within the framework of a concert then it is preferable that they are spoken as programme intermezzi rather than interpreted in a single block.
Duration: variabel
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In Erinnerung keine Rede (2007)
1 invitation for one or 3 - 5 performer - performance
for one or 3 - 5 performers (non specific)
Project/invitation to the discovery of a personal succession of six times 1 – 6 shortest – principally long actions and/or activities: This discovery or form is based on the independent interpretation of the proposals laid out in the introduction, which give regard to the method and the material for the formulation of this version.
'In Erinnerung keine Rede' can be performed in private or in public areas as an installation or played within the framework of a composed "concert" or multi-media programme, independently or parallel to/with other productions or activities.
Duration: 60' 00"
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wird die Lesung hier (2007)
1 activity for three or one reader
for 1 or 3 readers
Librettist: Choice of any 1 (3) book(s) with a minimum of 180 pages by interpreter(s).
Polyphonic version: Any book chosen by each reader, or any one book chosen by all readers (same edition for all).
Solo version: the reader chooses any book.
The 'pre-score' is a succession of details concerning the page-turning actions and the parts to be read, be they word fragments or paragraphs.
Duration: variabel doch mindestens 30"
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"wenn ich Sie richtig verstanden habe, haben Sie allmählich ein Gefühl…oder?" (2007)
1 Composition
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka (Fred and Victoria)
Presentation of a CD, pianist, performer.
This composition consists of a progressively overlapping performance of 3 autonomous compositions:
1/ the three last text-voice-pieces on CD from "Fred and Victoria in Concert, Bruce and Agnes too" (2002)
2/ musique nécessaire / musique possible? (1989) – for pianists
3/ 1 Handwerk (1998) – 1 Performance

Duration: 24' 34"
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mit einem oder einigen diversen HOHO (2007)
an activity
for one organist who like to play with all kinds of objects
Audible but hidden activities in a congregation-filled church in the form of singular actions and/or activities with movable or sturdily fixed elements of a non-activated organ and various every-day objects.
Duration: 37' 20"
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1 Auflesung (2007)
For an undetermined, but preferably reasonable number of widely autonomic and congenial pick-uppers (?)
for an undetermined, but preferably reasonable umber of readers
Librettist: Fragments of articles from any of the daily newspapers published on the day of performance. Each of the readers chooses any daily newspaper.
A succession of fragments (as determined by the "score") about political/economic and/or national political/economic and/or regional-local events/affairs and/or sport and/or culture and/or a particular theme not included in the above 5 categories.
Duration: variabel doch nicht weniger als 20 Minuten
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als ob jedoch nun (2007)
1 Gestural quartet
for 4 women or two women and 2 men
This composition replaces fixed pitches and rhythms with gestures such as snivelling, laughing, coughing, harrumphing, snarling, audible inhaling and exhaling and motionless, frozen waiting.
Duration: variabel, doch nicht weniger als +/-15:00
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ohnehin, sowieso, unaufhörlich, eh (2007)
1 activity for 1 - performance
for 1 non-specific performer
Variable from sequences spread over a global duration of +/- 5 weeks.
Repeated insertion of a particular activity into "normal" daily life including, for example, about/with sound and silence, sound generators (instruments, objects), time (rhythm, duration, speed…), intensity (volume, etc…), anything vocal, physical, mental or anything whatever…
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Dortmunder Studie (2007)
1 Performance
Within the space of 10 minutes or for a globally agreed duration of the performance, each of those taking part performs any very short or very long action and/or any one or two relatively short to relatively long activities – or none at all.
Duration: 10 Minuten oder variabel
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Seitensprünge (2007)
1 Handling
for one reader with any book with a minimum of 100 pages
The number of pages to be turned forwards or backwards and the parts to be read, which can vary from word fragments to full pages, are detailed in the verbal "score".
Duration: variabel
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"Ein jeder Gegenstand, wenn berührt, gestreichelt…..wird, gibt einen Klang…, oder vielerlei Klänge von sich…." (2007)
Performance, initially for 1 sound generating person, then for 3
for 1 then 3 performers (non-specified)
With any 9 objects from the following 3 categories:
a/ objects found in nature created without the intervention of man
b/ everyday objects
c/ self-made and/or intended for children and/or "exotic" sound generators.
Duration: 30' 00"
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rr (2007)
for 1 reader
This composition consists of 7 verbal sequences, which have to be pronounced with a sonorous sound intensity at a constant speed (1 word = +/- 72 M.M.), well articulated and without specific expression. At 7 precise moments the reader beats his chest powerfully with his right hand.
Duration: 30' 00"
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intact (2007)
for 1 oboe player
"Intact" should be performed in a large and special space, on the roof of a building, in an apartment through an open window, somewhere in the city or in the countryside for example, as independent solo or simultaneously with other musical or non-musical productions in a non-traditional concert or theatrical context.
Duration: 40' 00"-45' 00"
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multiverse? universe (2007)
for 1 or several
This composition consists of a series of 41 propositions for actions/activities, from which each of the interpreters chooses any combination of 17.
"multiverse? Universe" can be performed as a solo "for oneself", at home for example with friends "for us", or performed with several voices for an audience within a concert, theatre or multi-media programme etc.
Duration: unbestimmt
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AIRYA (2007)
Performance
for 1 or several breathers
the "score" of AIRYA contains 5 sections of various breathing actions & 4 non specified activities between them. This composition could be played as a solo in private surroundings or as a solo or ensemble version simultaneously with other musical or non-musical productions in a non-traditional concert or theatrical context.
Duration: 30' 00"-45' 00"
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yet (2007)
Performance
for 1 or more people who would like to produce sounds with various objects
The "score" of 'yet' consists of a segmented and articulated succession of verbal indications about the duration and volume of sounds; look for, choose and collect various objects to create a diversified instrumentarium. 'yet' can be played in private surroundings or as an autonomous piece or simultaneously with other musical or non-musical productions in a non-traditional concert or theatrical context.
Duration: 29' 00"
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beinahe äusserst (2007)
for one or several players with various sound generating objects
The "score" for 'beinahe äusserst' consists of a succession of instructions that verbally suggest the duration and volume of the single sounds; each of the freely chosen objects chosen by the three players should allow the production of all kinds of differing and/or related sounds.
Duration: 29' 00"
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ring (2007)
for 3-5 mobile performers or a single one
Look for a nice area/space/field for example in the countryside, on a mountain, in a large garden/park or beside a lake and realize/play this mobile circular performance at this chosen place.
Duration: variable
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Like The fai May (2007)
Text to read
for 1 reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variable
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Blätterteig (2008)
1 Recipe
for 1 person or 3-4 people
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
I recommend "Blätterteig" to people who desire to perform this "mental exercise"-like composition per se, as a solo for oneself, to experience/form it alone or together with 3-4 friends as an autonomous and congenial occupation with and for oneself, that is without an audience.
Duration: variabel, etwa 30:00
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Die 10 Angebote (2008)
Proposals/possibilities
for 1 or several
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: unbestimmt
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Les 10 offres (2008)
Propositions/occasions
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: indéterminée
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accélérer geste accent éloquent jeu volume chèvre (2008)
1 Lecture
for 1 or several
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: indéterminée
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Shan swere orki gfeve shlyno (2008)
1 lecture
for 1 or more
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variable
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mild und leise? (2008)
1 Performance
For 1 vocalist with objects and apparatus or 1 instrumentalist with objects and apparatus or 1 vocalist and one instrumentalist with objects and apparatus or 3 vocalists with objects and apparatus or 2 vocalists and 1 instrumentalist with objects and apparatus.
This composition is made up of six segments with a duration of 5, 17, 3, 13, 7 and 11 minutes respectively: the total duration for a soloistic peformance or a performance with several voices does not exceed 56:00.
Duration: 56' 00"
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1 Mundstück (2008)
Performance
for 1 performer
As notated in the score, various actions with the mouth should be performed or the series of single words describing these actions should be read.
Duration: unbestimmt
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sich uns wem wann dann (2008)
1 Reading
for 1 reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Read this text clearly articulated without any particular expression and principally without haste at the volume of a "normal" voice for oneself or for several close people; the text can be simultaneously but not synchronously spoken together with other actions/activities/productions.
Duration: unbestimmt
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1 Reformation (2008)
Activity
for reader(s)
Collection, creation and adaptation of a series of words from any two opposite facing leaves from any book.
1 Reformation can be performed as a solo "for oneself", at home for example with friends "for us", or performed with several voices for an audience within a concert, theatre or multi-media programme etc.

Duration: unbestimmt doch mindestens 30:00
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ob (2008)
1 reading for 1
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
On any 5 consecutive days, at 5 identical or different times of the day between early morning and late evening read/speak 5 different yet complete series of the 11 sequences of the looped "score" from "ob". These readings should be performed at home as a solo, per se, "for oneself" or in the presence of a close person.
Duration: 41' 00"
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binnen (2008-2009)
various suggestions, projects, compositions (2008->) + NB
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
binnen 1: for 1 piano player
binnen 2: for 1 speaker
binnen 3: for 1 female reporter and/or poet and/or drawer and/or painter
binnen 4: for 1 player of a easy-to-carry melodiy instrument
binnen 5: for 1 organ or harmonium player
binnen 6: for 1 screamer – a friendly dedication to Pierre Thoma
binnen 7: inside: for 1 shouting person
binnen 8 cependant, peut-être: pour 1 crieur
binnen 9: for 1 drummer
binnen 10: for a performer with objects of choice
binnen 11: fabula rasa? for one or more readers
binnen 12: hammerfrey - 1 keyboard tour for 3 keyboard players and appropriate key instruments
binnen 13: for one player with tubular bells (cl-f2)
binnen 14: for 3 or more than 7 readers

These "binnen" compositions can be performed solo or simultaneously with other "binnen" compositions or with other audible and/or visible compositions/actions.

NB:

binnen: within, in, during, throughout, in the course of, for the time of, amidst, from time to time, between, during, on and on, continuously.
binnen: in a temporal, spatial, contextual frame.
binnen: incidental "sections" of the perpetual and unmeasurable continuum
binnen: non-directional, without a definate begining or logical end
binnen: experience(s) YES, product(s) NO
Duration: Jede solistische oder mehrstimmige Fassung dauert 60 Minuten.
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WOR(L)D (2009)
1 experience for 1 or 3 inventing, writing and speaking readers – in 2 phases
for 1 or 3 readers
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Geschichten um Tiere (2009)
for one or several speakers
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: 60' 00"
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je nach Lust (2009)
1 experience
for 1 - 4 essentially diverse breathing performers
Duration: variabel, mindestens 30 Minuten
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1 Vereinbarung, Erarbeitung, 1 Aus(f)führung (2009)
occupation for 3 people in 3 phases
Duration: unbestimmt
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kurz sofort spontan schnurstracks ziemlich nachher danach etwas strebend später kreisend viieeelllll (2009)
for 1 or several performers
This 'score' consists of hints, which determine the various tendencies of the actions/activities but not the nature, means or duration; the amount of time between the end of one action/activity and the beginning of the next is, however, suggested. Using these hints as a starting point and inspiration, the performers freely create/develop their own independent version based upon their interpretation of what these hints mean to them.
Duration: variabel, mindestens 30 Minuten
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has been accustomed (2009)
for a person typing on a computer combined with a system of simultaneous "projections" on a white wall or a video or televion screen of the "live" written text of this composition
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
"has been accustomed" should be performed as the "second voice" of/in a duet-constellation, executed simultaneously but not synchronized with the "first voice", consisting of 1 or some audible or/and visible actions/activities, compositions, happenings, with a duration of about 1 hour;
this duet-constellation is somehow inspired by the function of the surtitle or supertitle system, the written and simultaneously projected translation of sung and spoken texts/lyrics in theater and opera; my duet project has been accustomed to works not as a "translation" or more precisely as a "commentary" to the simultaneous audible and/or visible actions/activities, compositions, happenings, but acts as their partner in a mutually autonomous and symbiotic relationship; this dialogue should be performed in a rather moderate space/room promoting an intimate relationship among those present: participating performers and participating listeners/spectators forming a close community without no hierarchical distinction.
Duration: 60' 00"
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nanu-technologie (2009)
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: ' 30"
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capture entre-temps (2009)
1 succession of 15 texts with 14 lines each
mute lecture per se or 1 voice
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variabel
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how to get rid of binarity? (2009)
tacit lecture/reflection per se or sometimes spoken
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: undetermined
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comment en finir avec le binaire? (2009)
tacit lecture/reading, maybe even sometimes spoken
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: indéterminée
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étroit taudis dit nécessité pour Pierre Thoma (2005-2010)
for 1 person which is at the same time quiet reader and observer with his/her ears and eyes
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
During the course of your per se performance, that means for yourself, it becomes increasingly clear to you that this composition is designed for 2 "voices", both autonomous and yet accomplices, taking place simultaneously but not synchronised:
1/ your interior and therefore quiet reading of interrupted verbal sequences and/or connected by breathing sections;
2/ the acoustic and optical phenomena of your environment, which you experience during the whole time of your performance but especially during the breathing sections;
Duration: 30 minutes ou plus
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ORTSPIELEW (2009-2010)
for 4 interpreting people and one organiser/coordinator
Over the course of 4 successive weekdays, each of the quartet members carries out an independent 1-hour performance and then takes part in another 1-hour performance on any day of the following week together with all members of the quartet. Individual and coordinated, collective preparation and a final exchange of thoughts is also a part of this project.
This composition deals mainly with the intensive and fanciful experience of hearing, sight, thought and the imaginable universes of a place, which each of the interpreters have chosen independently of each other, be that place in the city or the surrounding area.
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sowieso sowie wieso (2009-2010)
for 1 breather
1 willing breather searches for a place in his or her city or their surrounding area where he or she can perform and perceive (mainly through the ears) a repeated 45-minute long breathing performance.
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1 Tropfen Wasser im Ozean ist etwas grundsätzlich anderes als 1 ebenso grosser oder kleiner Tropfen Wasser in einem Trinkglas (2010)
for 1 person
1 person without specifics
For one person, per se, for him/herself.
The particular temporal dimensions of a drop of water..., the total duration of this uniquely interpreted action/activity, including the two parts preceding and following this piece, should be in your mind while being occupied with this composition in various manners from time to time throughought the whole duration.
The total time is completely variable: 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 1 month, 1 season, 1 year; the duration of the individually created/elaborated action/activity shall not exceed 40 minutes.
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eine Verbal(l)hornung (2010)
a reading
for 1 reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Malapropism describes a intentional or unintentional, strange or even absurd adaptation of words, parts of words or the spelling of conventionally used words and sentences. It results in a different, unexpected or new sense, or sometimes no sense at all.
Duration: variabel
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für unternehmungslustige neugierige Menschen, die könnten, doch müssten nicht (2010)
Performace
version for 1 person per se (for him/herself) or version for 3-5 people per noi, eg. amongst friends
Articulation of the one-hour long performance in 1-5 visual or audible or visual and audible actions or activities e.g with the body; with the voice; with all kinds of objects; with mechanical or electrical appliances; with electrical image or sound reproduction/transmission apparatus; with accoustic or electronic sound producers, music instruments (even ones intended for use by children, "exotic" ones or self-made ones); or other...
Duration: Gesamtdauer 1 Stunde
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intercourse (2010)
for 1 person without any specifiaction
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
The concept of intercourse means social dealings between individuals, exchanges of trades, ideas, etc., sexual connecion.
Duration: variable
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Scientist's chaos lives delighted with woven taught thinking for Mark So (2010)
a Reformation for 1 mute per se (for himself alone) Reader
1 mute Reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka (based on a fragment of James Gleick's book "The Theory of Chaos")
Version in a public house but not addressed to the people present there:
- look for a pub, bar, inn, tavern, hostelry or alike, with a rather vivid hubbub inside of a somewhat noisy environment;
- placed in an ordinary bag and bring with you the text-score and a stopwatch;
- sit down at a table preferably on the border of the room, order a (long) drink and, when you receive it, present the text-score and the stopwatch upon the table in front of you;
- according to the general indications above, choose freely a sequence of words to begin your upcoming version, switch on the stopwatch and start your interior mute lecture, systematically interrupted by breathing sections of +/- 0:10, 0:15, 0:30, 0:45, 1:00, 1:30 durations;
- when you have finished your version stop the stopwatch and place it back into the bag together with the score, ask for the bill and pay it, then leave the public house "normally" without haste;
- please perform your version of Scientist's chaos… throughout in a discreet and reserved manner; you will perform your strictly personal experience; you will not play a piece for un-informed and involuntary spectators
Duration: at least +/- 30 minutes
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playing hostility not even sounded beautiful (2010)
for a sometimes also without any particular expression " normally " reading/speaking page-turner
Texts: Istvà Zelenka
- you could play this composition in private surroundings, at home for instance, or on an open public place/space in the city, or somewhere in the nature, or countryside, or similar, per se, alone for yourself or in the presence of a single person or some close people;
- you could perform this composition in a more or less traditional concert/spectacle context as well, simultaneously but not synchronized with other hearable/viewable compositions, productions, activities;
- throughout the whole of your performance, remain as motionless and silent as possible!
- NB. the score of "playing hostility not even sounded beautiful" should be bound on the left side so that when the page-turns are made they can be loud without the score coming apart. I think that it would be profitable to print the 29 pages of this score on rather thick and +/- rigid paper, the page-turns could be easier in this way and the sound of them stronger.
Duration: about 43:00
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konzentriert auf Einzelstehende (2010)
Songs for a person writing on a computer and a pianist
for 1 person writing on a computer and one pianist
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
- the computer is connected to a projection system, which is able to project the written text in real-time onto a screen or suitable white surface large enough to be read without effort by all in the performance room;
- 'konzentriert auf Einzelstehende' consists, on the one hand side, of 6 songs, whereby the singing of the text is replaced by its live writing and the progressive way of making it readable, and on the other hand side of 6 pieces for piano;
- these two parts/"voices" are autonomous compositions which should be performed simultaneously but not synchronously.
Duration: etwas mehr als 30 Minuten
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unter solchen Umständen (2010)
for 1 or 3 performers
- a complete performance of this composition, for one as it is for three, consists of three versions carried out on three consecutive days at three different social and accoustic places in the city, countryside or in nature;
- each version lasts 1 hour
- each of the participants performs a single activity/action within each of the one-hour versions;
- before and after this activity/action the participant percieves the environment around them with ears, eyes and mind, while sitting as still as possible upon a chair;
- this exertion, carried out a single time during each version, shall be a very short action and then a relatively long action/activity and then a very long action/activity;
- in nature, with the voice, the body, instrumental, with any kind of objects, aparatus, tools, machines etc.. the total of 3 actions/activities, as well as the course of the 3 versions in the three different places, the duration of each single exertion and the moment at which these take place within the 1-hour duration of any one of the three versions, is left entirely to the individual performer;
- should this be carried out by 3 interpreters, the place, the course, the consecutive 3 days and the various or identical times of day should be determined by the 3 interpreters;
Duration: 1 Stunde (3 mal 1 Stunde)
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Proudhon hofft für Eva-Maria Houben (2010)
for a quasi intimate, yet clearly understandable speaker speaking without any particular expression
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
- the score of this composition consists of 5 sequences lasting 6 minutes, each on a separate sheet and forming between 8 and 14 word fragments;
- the total duration of each version lasts just over 30 minutes;
- the words are taken from the German language version of the book "Über die Gewalt" by the French writer and publicist Georges Sorel;
- the first letter of each word gives the moment within the 10-second long section of the score when the vocalisation (at normal tempo) of the respective word should begin;
- before each private or public performance or private rehearsal of Proudhon by any who hope to attempt it, the 5 sheets of this score shall be mixed, with the blank side face up, and brought together to form a thin bundle;
- the speaker sits at a normal table where the score and a stopwatch can be laid out neatly before them;
- without knowing the contents, they take up the bundle of 5 sheets and lays these in any order in a row upon the table with the blank side face up;
- they then turn the sheets over and see for the first time the order of the 5 sequences of the version they are about to perform, they then lay the sheets one on top of the other, now with the printed sheet face up, and place this thin bundle upon the table before them;
- the speaker then takes the stopwatch and places it behind the bundle on the table, turns it on and begins the interpretation of the first sequence;
- at the end of each sequence, they stop the stopwatch, lay the played sheet to one side (left or right of the bundle?) and after a short pause continue to interpret the following sequences in a similar fashion
Apart from the slow movements necessary for the interpretation of this piece, please remain as still as possible throughout the performance.
This composition can also be performed simultaneously, but not synchronised or alternating, with all kinds of actions/activities or compositions/pieces.
Duration: etwas mehr als 30 Minuten
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was qu'en so s (2010)
1 Einladung, 1 invitation 1 invitation 1 meghivàs
1 person
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variable
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les 10 commandements (2010)
indeterminate
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: indéterminée
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le sens commun (2010)
1 mute or audible reading
1 reader
Texts: Istvàn Zelenka
Duration: variable
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Diskographie
Istvàn Zelenka: phontaine (Edition Wandelweiser Records Nr. 602, 2006)
Werke:
Zelenka, István: phontaine (1997-2000)
Bibliography
Zelenka, István (et al.): 1 Milieu – ein Buch nicht nur zum Lesen, Edition Howeg, Zürich 2009
Pinetzki, Katrin: Musik die bewegt. Eva-Maria Houben hat ein bewegendes Buch mit und über Istvàn Zelenka "komponiert", in: mundo – das Magazin der Universität Dortmund 9 (2008), S. 12-17
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Au carrefour des mondes – Komponieren in der Schweiz, PFAU-Verlag, Saarbrücken 2008
Zimmerlin, Alfred: István Zelenka. Vorschläge für einen Dialog mit dem Lebensraum, in: Dissonanz 49 (1996)
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