Saterday, 14 maart, 16:30 uur
The Hague, Theater aan ‘t Spui
Paroxysmal Distorted Resonance
Periods of ellipsis
Punta de Fuga
For Frank O’Hara
Saterday, 14 maart, 20:30 uur
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, Auditorium
Redsound: Steve Reich
NB. EXTRA CONCERT 23.30 uur: Music for 18 Musicians
Music for 18 Musicians
sound Jan Panis
“The study of non-Western music led me back to myself”, said Steve Reich in an interview. The American composer was referring to the fact that, especially in retrospect, his music showed similarities to traditional music from Africa and Indonesia:”I wound up looking under my own bed”. Shortly after his study trip to Africa Steve Reich composed Drumming, a milestone in recent music history. In this piece he combines the principle of ‘phase shifting’ (allowing motifs to gradually go out of phase with each other over time) with the use of ‘resulting patterns’. This involves a performer highlighting notes from motifs played by his fellow performers as a result of which hidden melodies become audible. This composition is combined with Reich’s final breakthrough work Music for 18 Musicians.
Tueday, 24 maart, 19:15 uur
Amsterdam, Het Concertgebouw, Grote Zaal
Wednesday, 25 maart, 20:00 uur
Antwerp, De Singel
Contemporaries: About Ligeti
7.00 – 7.45 pm: Introduction in the Spiegelzaal
Trois airs pour un opéra imaginare
Three Movements (bew. Carlos Sandova)
conductor Reinbert de Leeuw
soprano Susan Narucki
violin Frank Peter Zimmermann
The great composers of violin concertos from the Romantic period would probably have got the shock of their lives upon hearing Ligeti’s Violin Concerto. His bizarre tonal colours and pulsating ‘cogwheels’ give one the feeling of walking around in an extraterrestrial factory. In this piece, warm harmonies or folkloristic dance motifs suddenly appear, thus revealing that it is a work created by man. And this is exactly what makes the work so oppressive and fascinating.
One could call Ligeti’s tonal universe an imaginary land – a land having several inhabitants, for Claude Vivier claimed his own secluded corner there with serene, fabulous panoramas. Conlon Nancarrow sought his refuge in the engine room: he created a work that can (only just) be performed by real, live musicians out of music he initially composed for mechanical instruments. And in view of the fact that new sound worlds are always derived from a source, a piece by Sándor Veress will be performed, Ligeti’s teacher and the guardian of his Hungarian roots.
Ticket reservations: +31 (0)20 671 83 45
photo: Susan Narucki
Tueday, 31 maart, 20:30 uur
Amsterdam, Conservatorium van Amsterdam, Bernard Haitink Hall
conductor Bas Wiegers
Nine new works lasting seven minutes by composition students at the conservatoires in Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Nothing is as important to a young composition student as practical experience. At the same time, it’s vitally important for an ensemble focusing on contemporary music to discover new talent as early as possible. On the threshold of tomorrow’s music history, nine students and musicians from the Asko Ensemble find each other in the works lasting seven minutes.
photo: Bas Wiegers (Hans Vissers)