Kegelstatt Ensemble Presents SA Premiere of Work by Horror Movie Composers Today

Kegelstatt Ensemble Presents SA Premiere of Work by Horror Movie Composers Today

Kegelstatt Ensemble will present the South Australian Premiere of music by the master of horror movie scores Penderecki's - Sextet for clarinet, horn, piano and string trio.


Lutoslawski - 'Bucolics' for viola and cello
Lutoslawski - 'Subito' for violin and piano
Brahms - Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Op.114

The Ensemble:

Stephanie Wake-Dyster, clarinet, Sarah Barrett, horn,
Leigh Harrold, piano, Lachlan Bramble, violin
Anna Webb, viola, Ewen Bramble, cello

The concert is set for 3pm today 13 October at Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide. Tickets $25/$18 at the door, or book at BASS 131 246 or online at For more information, visit

The crowning centrepiece of Rejoice is the South Australian premiere of Penderecki's 'Sextet' for clarinet, horn, piano and string trio which was composed in 2000. As pianist Leigh Harrold explains: "The Sextet is rarely performed due to its heavy demands. It requires the horn player to perform both on and off stage, and asks a lot of the other players as well! But it is a work that connects instantly with audiences, and its message of growth, hope and 'rising from the ashes' is universal.

Much of Penderecki's music will be familiar to film fans - horror movie fans in particular will remember his evocative score for The Exorcist and The Shining. The Exorcist (1973) features Polymorphia as well as Penderecki's String Quartet and Kanon For Orchestra and Tape; fragments of the Cello Concerto and The Devils of Loudun are also used in the film.

Writing about The Exorcist, the film critic for The New Republic wrote "even the music is faultless, most of it by Krzysztof Penderecki, who at last is where he belongs"

The Shining (1980) features six pieces of Penderecki's music: Utrenja II: Ewangelia, Utrenja II: Kanon Paschy, The Awakening of Jacob, De Natura Sonoris No. 1, De Natura Sonoris No. 2 and Polymorphia.

David Lynch has used Penderecki's music in the soundtracks of the movies Wild at Heart (1990) and Inland Empire (2006).

In the film Fearless (1993) by Peter Weir, the piece Polymorphia was once again used for an intense plane crash scene seen from the point of view of the passenger played byJeff Bridges.

Penderecki's piece, Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima, was also used during one of the final sequences in the film Children of Men (2006). Penderecki composed music forAndrzej Wajda's 2007 film Katy?, while Martin Scorsese's Shutter Island (2010) featured his Symphony No. 3 and Fluorescences.

Rounding out the program for Rejoice is the autumnal clarinet trio of Brahms "a work that radiates wisdom about a life richly lived - as well as two miniatures from Lutoslawski, taken from polar ends of his output.

All of Kegelstatt's core members are given starring roles in Rejoice and, as usual, there is an exciting line-up of guest artists. This time around, regular Kegelstatt collaborators Lachlan Bramble, Ewen Bramble and Sarah Barrett join forces with Leigh, Steph and Anna for what promises to be an afternoon of profound and thrilling music-making!

Kegelstatt Ensemble's second 2013 concert, Rejoice, 3pm today 13 October, will be held at Elder Hall, North Terrace, Adelaide, part of the ELDER Perspectives series.