“Transition Metal” is an encounter of the unusual kind offered by Sinfonietta Essenbach (a.k.a. Orchester des 13. Tons, conducted by Prof. Ulf Klausenitzer) and the progressive Death Metal band Noneuclid of the Bavarian-Dutch composer Florian Magnus Maier. In addition to the “Rheinische” Symphony by Robert Schumann, Richard Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”-Overture and the final Death Metal set by Noneuclid, both the worlds of classical music and death metal, the music of Richard Wagner as well as Maier’s contemporary compositions, were presented in a double-headed interpretation.
Classical orchestra and metal band dared enter the world of the other and met in works created especially for that night, crossing boundaries between styles that only seem to be mutually exclusive. This new connection was born from the vast experience, dedication and knowledge which moved both Maier and Klausenitzer to collaborate, as well as from the need to offer new perspectives to the clichés and prejudice found in both genres.
This encounter is unique in this form: the band Noneuclid tackled two of Wagner’s compositions, while Sinfonietta Essenbach interpreted one of Noneuclid’s death metal songs, and instead of a superficial potpourri of styles the artists strove to reach the musical essence inside this seemingly “alien” material when they met in the evening’s culmination, Maier’s “Altair Passage”, a new work scored for both ensembles together, commissioned and especially composed for this evening. The two groups shared the ambition to translate both symphonic music and death metal into the language of the other, searching for innovation on the discovered common territory, and want to prove that music is not limited to borders between styles, ages of target audiences.