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Volker Bertelmann

Lost (2016)
Lost has been co-commissioned by VivaCello Festival Liestal, Duisburger Philharmoniker and Kings Place London.
Bosworth & Co Ltd
Soloist(s) and Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Year Composed
41 Minutes
Solo Instrument(s)
prep. piano
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Programme Note
A plane landing in a raging snowstorm in New York, 1964 inspires Federico Fellini to write a new script, "The journey of Giuseppe Mastornas”. It is the story of a cellist’s attempt to return home after an emergency plane landing en route to a concert in Florence. The plane lands in the middle of nowhere, close to a Gothic cathedral. The cellist does not realize he is already dead. It is the story of a Dante-esq figure's metaphysical journey in the Afterlife, a seeker, driven by longing and desire for his homeland. "This will be your last film". A chance remark from a magician and a near-death illness led to Fellini abandoning the film project but the veil of mysticism which shrouds the story of Mastornas can be traced as inspiration in all his later films. Only a few months after instructing his designer Manara to draw the story board, Fellini died in Rome. Nicolas Altstaedt, fascinated by the maelstrom of the screenplay, has approached the artist and composer Hauschka in order to pursue, musically, the footsteps of Fellini. Inspired by the script there will be 6 movements for solo cello and chamber ensemble that describe the desire to return to this world after death, to meet again with those people most cherished. The perspective onto life from the intermediate world is at the same time a reminder to value time: here and now.

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