Works performed by Earplay:

Presto con fuoco

Beat Fürrer (b. 1954) was born in Schaffhouse, Switzerland. After studying composition at Haubenstock-Ramati Novel and conducting the orchestra of Othmar Suitner, he founded the ensemble "Klangforum Wien" in 1985. His first opera Die Blinden (The Blind Men), a commission of the Opera of Vienna (Wiener Staatsoper), premiered at the Wien Modern festival in 1989. Claudio Abbado conducted the first performance of Face de le chaleur for flute and orchestra. The premiere of his concerto for piano and orchestra Nuun was a triumphant success at the Festival of Salzburg in 1996.

Fürrer has been a professor of composition in Graz since 1991. In this city his second opera Narcisse was premiered during Steirischer Herbst Festival in 1994.

"I like the dramatic", says Fürrer. His superposition of rhythmic or harmonic developments with their attendant points of fraction and junction prove to be elements of drama as well as formal structures.

[from program for May 28, 2008 concert]