For Frank Gehry on his 90th birthday

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  • 10 min
    • 21st January 2023, Philharmonie, Berlin, Germany
    • 27th January 2023, Francis Winspear Centre for Music, Edmonton , AB, Canada
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Programme Note

Fog is a 90th birthday tribute to Frank Gehry. It is a fantasy around the Bach E major Prelude from Partita in E (BWV 1006), whose harmonic and melodic structure is almost omnipresent, sometimes clearly identifiable, sometimes veiled or completely hidden. This work by Bach was the first piece of music Frank and I heard in the Walt Disney Concert Hall while it was still under construction. Much of the of the harmony is based on Frank’s name: F A G E H (B natural in English). 


Esa-Pekka Salonen


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