Tan Dun | Chiacone – after Colombi
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“Mystery Variations” was a gift for Anssi Karttunen’s 50th birthday, masterminded by Kaija Saariaho and Muriel von Braun. They invited a number of his composer-friends to write short pieces for cello, using as a theme one of the first pieces written for the cello, the Chiacona by Giuseppe Colombi.

The Mystery Variations offer a unique look at the numerous ways of writing for the cello today. It is a kaleidoscopic look into the history through the eyes of 30 composers, and a look into the future through the music of Colombi. They can be programmed in different combinations, in small or large groups or as a whole concert.

“The range of responses to the source material was illuminating: Ms. Saariaho summoned ghostly whispers; Mr. Lindberg, crackling energy; Mr. Tan, antic strumming and ritualistic vocal shouts. Common to each was the composer’s obvious esteem for Mr. Karttunen’s abilities.”

–Steve Smith, The New York Times, May 2011



3 Minutes

Solo: Cello
World Premiere

Nov 11, 2010
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anssi Karttunen, cello
Commissioned By

Anssi Karttunen for his 50th birthday
Other Major Performances

May 15, 2011
San Francisco, California
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

May 11, 2011
New York, New York
Baryshnikov Arts Center

June, 2011
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Creative Dialogue IV

February, 2011
Paris, France
Théâtre du Châtelet
Festival Présences
More Info
For booking inquiries please contact info@tandunoffice.com