“Hammerschlag was premiered in 2019 at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm as a live concert with Teodor Currentzis , the chief conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, as Aleksej Kapitonovič Gastev.
The concert served as the basis for a German-Russian radio play version.
In his last lyrical work “A Bundle of Orders”, published in 1921, Russian futurist Aleksej Kapitonovič Gastev wanted nothing more than to finally destroy literature.
In a historical document there is a description of a concert based on the text: “The choir master stood on a balustrade, who conducted the sound with the help of a complicated signaling device.
After this noise overture had raged for long enough time to completely numb the auditorium the real passion game began”.
Aleksej Kapitonovič Gastev (1882 – 1939) was a Soviet revolutionary, poet, high-ranking union activist and scientist.
When he became head of the Russian revolutionary Central Institute for Work with the psychotechnical optimisation of workflows (How do I really hit with the hammer?), he swore off poetry with “A Bundle of Orders” and at the same time created his most important lyrical work .
He was executed under the orders of Stalin for counterrevolutionary activities.
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