Shades of Red


Shades of Red is a musical conversation about the color red. Its four parts; Carmine, Magenta, Crimson, and Vermilion each showcase a different tonal shade, and reaction-hierarchy between the instruments. The soundtrack extends and mirrors the sound of the instruments and functions as an alter ego of the acoustic sound, confronting the players with a warped version of their own playing. A special role is carved out for the Rhodes and Hammond keyboards, often creating rhythmical markings and impulses that shape the rest of the ensemble


for ensemble and soundtrack

1 Flute
1 Clarinet in B-flat
1 Trumpet in C
1 Horn in F

1 Keyboard player (Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3*)
1 Percussion player

2 Violins
1 Violas
1 Violoncellos
1 Double bass (low C string)

Soundtrack (laptop, 1 player)

*can be high-quality sampled instruments, like Spectrasonics Keyscape and IK Multimedia Hammond B-3X.


Duration 11'
First performance 21 September 2020, Ensemble MusikFabrik, cond. Johannes Fischer
Commissioned by Kölner Philharmonie (KölnMusik) for the non bthvn project 2020, London Sinfonietta, and ASKO|Schönberg
Published by Boosey & Hawkes


Last performance:

  • 21 September 2020
    Ensemble MusikFabrik, cond. Johannes Fischer
    Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany