eintonstück / single-tone piece, 1952, 2:18 min.
recording Vienna, June 11, 2018, with Gerhard Rühm
Film: Michael Krupica
Rühm’s eintonstück from 1952 is a composition for piano that operates exclusively with the basic note A »as sound per se« (Rühm), but in seven octaves and with subjective rhythms. The work premiered in 1952 as part of a one-day show by Arnulf Rainer in the basement of Café Landtmann in Vienna.
»The concentration on one note and the primary interval of the octave to me symbolized the ›tao of music.‹ Like Rainer, I was delving at the time (and often later as well) into radical mysticism like that of Meister Eckehart and Johannes vom Kreuz, as well as the Upanishads, the Tao Te Ching, and Zen Buddhism.« (Rühm)
For the exhibition at mumok, Rühm recorded his eintonstück on video in June 2018, since only sound recordings had been done previously.
die mutter hat das fleisch / the mother has the meat, 1966
recorded on the occasion of Gerhard Rühm’s exhibition at Bank Austria Kunstforum Vienna, 2017, with Gerhard Rühm, 2:21 min.