Monday 5 August 2013

Autumn at the Royal College of Music

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The Royal College of Music's Autumn season includes a double bill of operas by Ravel,  some important contemporary music from Gerard Grisey, Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luigi Nono, as well as music from RCM members of staff William Mival and Simon Holt. The Sacconi Quartet will be making an appearances and the RCM Museum has a pair of intriguingly talks.

RCM percussionists join up with contemporary music ensemble We Spoke to perform Fritz Hauser's intriguingly titled Second thoughts for three players on one marimba and Gerard Grisey's (1946-1998) masterpiece Le noir de l'étoile for six percussionists (19/9)

Jean-Philippe Calvin’s dynamic Variable Geometry ensemble includes scintillating masterpieces by three of the great European modernists: Pierre Boulez's Dérive, La Fabbrica Illuminata a denunciation of capitalism from Luigi Nono, and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s breakthrough work Kontra-Punkte plus a new work by Yang Liu. (10/10)

On 25 November 2013, RCM Head of Composition William Mival, and composition professor Simon Holt are put in the spotlight with performances of Mival's Lyric Pieces, Holt's Piano trio and movements from Holt's A Book of Colours. (25/11)

Their next operatic offering is a double bill of Ravel's opera, L'enfant et les sortileges and L'heure espagnole (2,4,6,7/12)

The RCM's Quartet in Association, the Sacconi Quartet, performs a programme of Haydn, Verdi and Beethoven. (5/12)

The RCM Museum of Music has a pair of intriguingly title talks: Why do we keep this old stuff? The importance and uses of historical musical instruments (31/10) and For one night only...: The story of the concert programme (14/11)

Further information from the RCM website.

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