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La Foto del Tiempo - Oscar Edelstein

Updated on December 13, 2015

WORLD PREMIERE: 19th October 2008

In 2008 in the Teatro 3 de Febrero, Paraná (province of Entre Rios - Argentina) celebrated its centenary with the commission of a new work by Oscar Edelstein, "La Foto del Tiempo" (The Photo of Time) for guitar (soloist Eduardo Isaac), orchestra and electronic processes.

The commission represented a return for Edelstein to composition for orchestra, and first in Latin America of the use of live electronic processing of an orchestra.

Eduardo Isaac (guitar),  Pedro Ignacio Calderón (Conductor), and Oscar Edelstein (composer) in rehearsal for Edelstein's "La Foto del Tiempo."
Eduardo Isaac (guitar), Pedro Ignacio Calderón (Conductor), and Oscar Edelstein (composer) in rehearsal for Edelstein's "La Foto del Tiempo."

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional premiered the work under the direction of Pedro Ignacio Calderón and with the soloist Eduardo Isaac.

At the same time the three - Calderón, Edelstein and Isaac - were made "Ciudadano Ilustre" (Illustrious Citizen) of Paraná as a tribute from their hometown, to mark their outstanding contributions to the field of music and culture in Argentina.

Premiere of "La Foto del Tiempo" by Oscar Edelstein,19th October 2008, Teatro 3 de Febrero, Paraná (province of Entre Rios - Argentina)
Premiere of "La Foto del Tiempo" by Oscar Edelstein,19th October 2008, Teatro 3 de Febrero, Paraná (province of Entre Rios - Argentina)

"La Foto del Tiempo" is divided into four parts

  1. La Luna Luce un Irregular Sombrero Mejicano (The Moon Dons an Irregular Mexican Hat)
  2. Variationen ex Machina sobre Memorias Lentas (Variationen ex Machina on Slow Memories)
  3. Como un Ruiseñor Haciendo Nido en la Peluca de Voltaire (Like a Nightingale Making a Nest in the Wig of Voltaire)
  4. Divino Nervio (Divine Nerves)

An Un-typical Orchestra

The work also includes a live electronic processing which Edelstein calls, "dense films and transparencies in the machine mode of the human memory."

Sound Engineer: Daniel Hernandez

Technical Assistants: Mauro Zannoli & Damian Anache

First rehearsal "La Foto del Tiempo" by Oscar Edelstein, with technical assistants, Mauro Zannoli and Damian Anache making the first sound tests.
First rehearsal "La Foto del Tiempo" by Oscar Edelstein, with technical assistants, Mauro Zannoli and Damian Anache making the first sound tests.

Background

According to Edelstein in the newspaper "Uno" on the 12th October 2008;

"In the first experiences of a group of Russian photographers in the early twentieth century, very long exposure times were used on film treated with dense emulsions which made them more responsive and durable. In these first cameras of the era, non-pinhole, they already counted on a reflex type of 35mm SLR, they came to use times of one, two and even three years on fixed aperture lenses.

Then, from 1960 onwards, the times lasted much longer, approaching working with takes of ten and even twelve years, all now made with ultramodern cameras, acting on a particular urban site, a coastal landscape, another rural. The machine was installed there, fixed, capturing what was happening in this lapse of time, in this precise place, with this lens, and photos are then displayed without using laboratory processes.

I like to remember these pictures to understand how much space the resulting image occupies the air, sand, dust, or leaves in the wind, rain, even in urban landscapes, and the cars, motorcycles or bicycles that appear sometimes flying over ghostly ships or houses, which are founded on an infinite river, that travel along paths of trees that fall upon streets that rise-up, or when running over hundreds of thousands of bodies of people, or hats, all made of strands, threads, fibres, dust and nothing. Well it could be that all was lost - they said - books, history, the world, and all that was left was a phrase, like a street, or a music machine - he added - and so that this set of words, or hammers, and snatches should have a sense, so that from this phrase could start the reconstruction of the world, its history and the book or the workshop in which it could start.”

Premiere of "La Foto del Tiempo" by Oscar Edelstein with soloist, Eduardo Isaac (Guitar), and Pedro Ignacio Calderón conducting the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina) on 19th October 2008, Teatro 3 de Febrero (Paraná, Argentina).
Premiere of "La Foto del Tiempo" by Oscar Edelstein with soloist, Eduardo Isaac (Guitar), and Pedro Ignacio Calderón conducting the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Argentina) on 19th October 2008, Teatro 3 de Febrero (Paraná, Argentina).

Eduardo Isaac (Guitarist)

"Exuberant textures and a superb rhythmic intuition" - THE GAZETTE (Canada)

"Musical excellence at the service of contemporary creation" - MAIN ECHO (Germany)

"Great musical qualities, he makes the six strings of his guitar breathe" - LE SOIR (Belgium)

Isaac has obtained the first prize in international contest of worldwide relevance: " Infanta Cristina " Madrid; " Andrés Segovia ", Palma de Mallorca; " Reina Fabiola ", Belgium. Since 1990 he has regularly recorded for GHA RECORDS (Brussels) resulting in a series of records of great transcendence dedicated to the repertoire of the twentieth century. He's been invited as a soloist by a great number of orchestras and has been directed by famous directors. He has given concerts and has recorded for different record labels with Charles Dutoit and The Symphonic Orchestra of Montreal (Canada), George Octors and The National Symphonic Orchestra of Belgium, Leo Brouwer and The Symphonic Orchestra of Cordoba (Spain), Pedro Ignacio Calderón and the Argentinian National Symphonic Orchestra. In 2009 he recorded with The Symphonic Orchestra of Salta for Sony Classical.

He regularly delivers master-classes on repertoire and instrumental technique in Brazil, Mexico, United States, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium and France. He has given conferences and master-classes in Japan and Taiwan.

His guitar was made by the Parisian luthier Dominique Field.

Composer Oscar Edelstein with assistant concert-master, Norberto García of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Argentina
Composer Oscar Edelstein with assistant concert-master, Norberto García of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, Argentina

Centenary Celebration 1908-2008

The concert was part of the centenary celebrations of Teatro Municipal 3 de Febrero, which was founded in 1908, and was made possible by the Secretaría de Cultura and the Asociación Mariano Moreno.

The theatre was built in a Renaissance Italian style, but also with a reminiscence of the German Baroque and French architecture.

The very first theatre on this site was founded in December 1851 on the orders of General Justo José de Urquiza.

The name of the theatre, "Teatro Tres de Febrero", is in memory of the Batalla de Caseros that occurred on the 3rd of February in 1853 when Parana was the capital of the "Confederación Argentina."

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