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Søren Nils Eichberg

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Endorphin (2011)
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
10 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)

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Søren Nils Eichberg Endorphin (2011)
The Concerto Grosso is a musical form which was very common in the Baroque period, but then widely vanished. With Endorphin I aimed to explore what of this traditional form is still of interest for us in a contemporary work and what we can save from this temporarily forgotten tradition.

In contrast to the solo concerto there is not only a single soloist, but a small group of soloists – in this case a string quartet – emerging from the orchestra. Partly the orchestra is leading, partly the quartet. Partly they are playing against each other, partly together. Ideas are being created here and are picked up there, revised, echoed, or even thwarted – and vice versa.

In so doing, it is not only the virtuosity of the soloist which is focussed on, but rather the constantly changing colours between smaller and bigger groups, as well as the split-up (fragmentation) and get together of the smaller group which in itself is interesting.

Regarding the title:
Endorphines are what we colloquially refer to as “happiness hormones”. Endorphine is an endogenous opioid that drives our feelings of excitement, pain and love. Thus our body rewards ourselves in certain situations – or stimulates us – with chemical compounds, which make us feel happiness. However, these are compounds which are similar to very dangerous drugs, which can often lure people on to destruction. It was this ambiguity between euphoria and constant threat that I found suitable for the mood to which the music developed during the process of composing:
On the surface there is a seemingly untroubled lust for life and for playing, which is always verging on drifting to something hidden, something broken. Even the tempo declaration at the beginning (“hyped”, quarter = 120) indicates this ambiguity.

  • Ensemble
    Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Kolja Blacher, Violin
    Kolja Blacher
  • 16 NOV 2017
    Selb, Germany
    Hofer Symphoniker
    Søren Nils Eichberg, conductor
  • 22 APR 2017
    Künzelsau, Germany
    Landesjugendorchester Baden-Württemberg
    Johannes Klumpp, conductor

    Other Dates:
    23 April - Fellbach, Germany
    28 April - Rheinfelden, Germany
    29 April - Rastatt, Germany
    27 April - Metzingen, Germany
  • 11 FEB 2017
    Wrocław, Poland
    NFM Leopoldinum Chamber Orchestra
    Søren Nils Eichberg, conductor
  • 09 NOV 2016
    Paderborn - PaderHalle, Germany
    Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
    Søren Nils Eichberg, conductor

    Other Dates:
    10 November - Minden - Stadttheater, Germany
    11 November - Herford - Stadtpark Schützenhof, Germany
  • 20 MAR 2016
    Prenzlau, Germany
    Preußisches Kammerorchester Prenzlau
    Hannah Suhyoung Eichberg, cello ; Søren Nils Eichberg, conductor
  • 11 NOV 2015
    Victoria Hall, Genève, Schwitzerland
    Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
    Armida Quartett; Gaetano d'Espinosa, conductor
  • 16 JAN 2015
    Freiheitshalle Hof, Festsaal, Germany
    Hofer Symphoniker
    Armida Quartet
  • 29 JUL 2014
    Schloss Hundisburg, Schlossscheune, Germany
    SommerMusikAkademie Schloss Hundisburg
    Johannes Klumpp, conductor

    Other Dates:
    1 August - Pauluskirche, Magdeburg, Germany
    2 August - Schloss Hundisburg, Schlossscheune, Germany
    3 August - St. Nicolaikirche, Oschersleben, Germany
  • 15 DEC 2011
    Endorphin World Premiere
    Landshut, Germany
    Mahler Chamber Orchestra
    Kolja Blacher, conductor

    Other Dates:
    16 December - Neumarkt, Germany
    17 December - Viersen, Germany

The piece is like a torrential river, whirling and curving. The composer does not fear noise, nor the use of C major chords. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra enjoys the opportunity to swirl with these joyous endorphins.
Dirk Hühner, kulturradio,30/06/2012
More exciting than even the best thriller.
Hamburger Abendblatt,28/06/2012
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