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"No Room For Idiots"
in Schloss Leopoldskron


SCHLOSS LEOPOLDSKRON [SALZBURG] -- American bassoonist Lynn Gaubatz performed the European première of Salzburg composer Wolfgang Pillinger's Kleine Suite von "Kein Platz für Idioten" [No Room For Idiots] on December 12, 1997 at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzburg, Austria. Miss Gaubatz gave the performance as part of the Salzburg Seminar on "Music for a New Millennium". The program also included works by Brahms, Kodaly, Chopin, and Kriesberg.

Pillinger's piece, Kleine Suite, set in five movements for solo bassoon, was transcribed specially for Miss Gaubatz's world première performance in October. The music was originally composed as background music for Austrian playwright Felix Mitterer's made-for-TV film Kein Platz Für Idioten [No Room For Idiots] (ZDF/1994). In the original film music, the composer also chose a solo instrument - the bass clarinet - to produce the melodic lines and accentuate the Alpine setting of this film of Mitterer's play of the same name. The setting of the concert version of this music for the bassoon adds heightened flexibility and tonal transparency.

Named "One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women" by GLAMOUR Magazine, Gaubatz has been hailed by critics in Europe and the U.S. as "brilliant", "charming", and "delightful". Gaubatz has performed as soloist on four continents and served for two years as the Bassoon Professor at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to being the first bassoonist ever to perform a solo recital in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center, she has been featured soloist there five times.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (10/2/97)

No Room For Idiots

FALLS CHURCH -- American bassoonist Lynn Gaubatz will be the featured soloist at the opening concert of the Old Town Hall Performance Series in Fairfax, Virginia on Friday, October 10 at 8 pm. A highlight of the concert will be the World Premiere of Kleine Suite von "Kein Platz für Idioten" [No Room For Idiots] for solo bassoon by Austrian composer Wolfgang Pillinger.

Gaubatz and Pillinger met in Salzburg, Austria, where they both served on the faculty of the Mozarteum. In September 1996 Gaubatz performed the World Premiere of Pillinger's Small Match for 3 Players for Flute, Bassoon and Piano at the Austrian Embassy in Washington, DC, and Gaubatz was recently invited to be a member of the Salzburger Mozart-Solisten, a virtuoso chamber ensemble for which Pillinger serves as Composer-in-Residence.

"It's wonderful to have the luxury of being able to call up a world-class composer and ask for a piece for a specific performance! Wolfgang's facility as a composer is really marvelous!" says Gaubatz. "It's so exciting to work with someone who has such a good understanding of music from the performer's standpoint, and is so willing to write for unusual instruments and combinations of instruments. His piece Hollywood Destruction for Orchestra and Big Band is just one example of his imagination and creativity in instrumentation."

Pillinger's piece, Kleine Suite von "Kein Platz für Idioten", set in five movements for solo bassoon, was transcribed specially for this performance by the composer. The music was originally composed as background music for Austrian playwright Felix Mitterer's made-for-TV film Klein Platz Für Idioten [No Room For Idiots] (ZDF/1994). In the original filmmusic, the composer also chose a solo instrument - the bass clarinet - to produce the melodic lines and accentuate the Alpine setting of this film of Mitterer's play of the same name. The setting of the concert version of this music for the bassoon adds heightened flexibility and tonal transparency.

The program will also include works by Alexandre Tansman, Eugène Bourdeau, Oleg Miroshnikov, Alec Wilder, Willson Osborne, and Gabriel Pierné.

Named "One of America's Ten Most Outstanding Young Working Women" by GLAMOUR Magazine, Gaubatz has been hailed by critics in Europe and the U.S. as "brilliant", "charming", and "delightful". Gaubatz has performed as soloist on four continents and served for two years as the Bassoon Professor at the prestigious Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. In addition to being the first bassoonist ever to perform a solo recital in the Concert Hall of the Kennedy Center, she has been featured soloist there five times.

Biographies enclosed. For further information, please go to http://www.LynnGaubatz.com.

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