Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Principal Sound - the Music of Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman
Morton Feldman
Principal Sound celebrates the music of Morton Feldman (who would have been 90 this year). Over four days (1-4 April 2016) at St John's Smith Square the festival mixes Feldman's music with that of his contemporaries, music he admired and music by composers influenced by him.

The festival opens with a performance of Feldman's Piano and String Quartet by John Tilbury and the Smith Quartet, and the festival closes with Feldman's four-hour For Philip Guston played by Jenni Hogan (flutes), Siwan Rhys (piano/celesta) and George Barton (percussion).

In between there is the chance to hear music admired by Feldman such as Webern's Concerto for Nine Instruments and John Cage's String Quartet in Four Parts, performed by the Ligeti Quartet (who are St Johns Young Artists). There is a rare opportunity to hear music by Feldman's associates Frank Denyer and Jo Kondo, plus music by Vivier, Radulescu, Arne Gieshoff, and the The UK premiere of Layers of Love by Christian Mason, performed by the Octandre Ensemble.

Full information from the St John's Smith Square website.

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