Karlheinz Essl

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Sequitur VI

for trumpet and live-electronics

Dedicated to Jörg Engels

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Sequitur VI performed by Amy Horvey (trumpet) and Karlheinz Essl (live-electronics)
Concordia University, Montréal (23 Sep 2011)


Sequitur is a series of 14 compositions for various solo instruments and live-electronics written for outstanding soloists. Somehow it can be seen as a reference to Luciano Berio's famous Sequenze cycle of solo pieces which focus on specific playing techniques of the respective instrument. Essl's Sequitur cycle includes pieces for orchestral instruments like flute and violin, but also for voice, electric guitar, toy piano or kalimba.

All Sequitur compositions use a software written in MaxMSP which creates an electronic accompaniment from the instrument’s live input; the player is confronted with his own playing, and this creates a situation like moving in a house of mirrors where the identities becomes blurred.

The Sequitur software generates a complex canon on the fly, the temporal structure and density of which being controlled by random operations. This yields different results every time the piece is performed. Although following a precisely notated score, there is always a good portion of surprise for the musician which emphasizes his awareness and attentiveness.


The score of Sequitur VI can be downloaded for free. Please note that the music is protected by copyright.


Gilson Da Silva performing Sequitur VI
Virtual DMA Solo Recital
University of Wisconsin-Madison (10 Dec 2020)

Amy Horvey (trumpet) and Karlheinz Essl (live-electronics) performing Sequitur VI
Portrait Concert Karlheinz Essl @ Hexagram's BlackBox
Concordia University, Montréal (23 Sep 2011)

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