Concert „Homage to Ernst Krenek“


Concert with guitarist Armin Egger, curated by composer Gabriele Proy

Introduction by Gerold W. Gruber (Exilarte Zentrum der mdw – University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna)

The centerpiece of this evening is the premiere of the new composition "Homage to Ernst Krenek" by Gabriele Proy, which was sponsored by a composition grant from the City of Vienna for 2021. Guitarist Armin Egger will additionally present guitar solo works by Ernst Krenek, Caspar Joseph Mertz, Joseph Horovitz, and Ferdinand Rebay.

Gabriele Proy on the „Homage to Ernst Krenek“
“Multifaceted and diverse, like Ernst Krenek – we look forward to your homage,” wrote manager Alethea Neubauer in the CD she gave me of Krenek’s piano works recorded by Stanislav Khristenko. A wonderful CD gift from the Ernst Krenek Institute and at the same time a motivation for me as composer of the yet to be written “Homage to Ernst Krenek,” in which I make reference to his “Suite for Guitar alone, op. 164.”
Beginning with a motif that I developed out of the name of the composer to be honored, and which weaves its way through my entire homage, rhythmic and motivic references to the only work Krenek wrote for the guitar are to be found in my new solo work for guitar.
Krenek’s short story "The Three Overcoats of Anton K." plays a special role in the dramaturgical structure of my new composition: the uncertainty, the difficulties of the emigration, and the new beginning in exile.
Current global political events in the second year of the pandemic remind us every day that life, as we are accustomed to, is transient.

Gabriele Proy, Baden in November 2021


Thursday, 24 March 2022
at 7 p.m.

at the Salon Krenek
Minoritenplatz 4
3500 Krems/Stein

Caspar Joseph Mertz (1806–1856): Elegy
Joseph Horovitz (b. 1926): Ghetto Song
Gabriele Proy (b. 1965): Azurit
Ernst Krenek (1900–1991): Suite for Guitar alone, op. 164
Gabriele Proy (b. 1965): Homage to Ernst Krenek (premiere; composition grant of the City of Vienna 2021)
Ferdinand Rebay (1880–1953): Variations on Brahms’s Lullaby

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Portrait von Gabriele Proy

Gabriele Proy, Composer

Gabriele Proy numbers among Austria’s most prominent composers. In 2013 she was honored by the City of Vienna with the highest award – the Prize of the City of Vienna for Music. From 2001 to 2013 she was president of the European Forum Klanglandschaft.

Her compositions have been performed by the Philharmonic Choir Munich, the Denkmalchor Leipzig, the Radio Symphonieorchester Vienna, the Vienna Concert-Verein, the European Union Youth Orchestra, and by members of the Vienna Philharmonic, among others.
Among the performance venues of her works throughout the world are concert halls such as the Musikverein Vienna, the Edge Theatre Melbourne, the Halton Theatre Charlotte, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Philharmonie Minsk, Wigmore Hall London, Singapore’s Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, and the Kyoto Concert Hall.



Portrait Armin Egger mit Gitarre, Foto Florian Dalik

Armin Egger, Guitar

Armin Egger studied with Elisabeth and Heinz Irmler at the University of Music and Performng Arts in Graz and with Timothy Walker at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was prizewinner at numerous national and international competitiions. In 1999 he was awarded the Julian Bream Prize of the Royal Academy of Music by Julian Bream. In 2007 he was elected Styrian Musician of the Year by Radio Österreich 1. In 2014 he was named Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM) in London.
Concerts as soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia, North and South America, and Africa, including with the Century Orchestra Taipeh, the Radio-Symphonieorchester Vienna, and the Vienna Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Lord Yehudi Menuhin.
Until 2020 Armin Egger was guest professor at the University of the Arts Graz. He additionally teaches at the Johann Joseph Fux Conservatory in Graz.

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