Johannes Kreidler Composer

Rich Harmonies (2013)

Duration: Loop / 100'

Premiere: 13.7.2013 Foreign Affairs Festival, Haus der Berliner Festspiele / Johannes Kreidler, Performance


A four-octave keyboard (or equivalent harmonium) has 49 keys on which to play the lottery draws "6 out of 49". Each six-part chord corresponds to the six "right ones" - with this acoustic happiness metaphor the nature of chance and the bet can be penetrated in the medium of music, and possibly a future music of the next draw can be heard.

Video 1: The lotto numbers of the past ten weeks as a series of six-part chords to aesthetically anticipate the next draw.

Video 2: All 3028 winning numbers of the German lottery (9.10.1955 to the present), as a six-part chorale.

Video 3: The highest ever lottery prize ever went to a person in Florida in May 2013. For the 8, 12, 15, 18, 24, and 33 tip, she received more than half a billion dollars ($ 590,500,000).

Video 4: The Texas Billie Bob Harrell brought a lot in 1997, $ 31 million. He bought a farm from it and gave away a considerable amount of friends and relatives. It did not make him happy: 20 months later he shot himself with a shotgun. "To win the lottery," he said shortly before, "was the worst thing that ever happened to me." The lot had the numbers 8, 16, 21, 30, 32 and 40. The chord as Damocles sound in everyday life.



Commissioned by Foreign Affairs.