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Watch an Animated Score for Steve Reich’s Minimalist Piece “Clapping Music“–and Try Your Hardest to Follow Along

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music is one of the simplest scores of modern classical music, and as you might soon find out, one of the most difficult to perform. Written in 1972 while on a European tour and after a night of mediocre flamenco, Clapping Music is for two players. One claps a steady rhythm (technically an African Bell Rhythm). A second performer claps in unison in the same pattern for eight bars. At the end of the eighth bar, the second performer goes out of sync for one eighth no...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Steve Reich, Reich, Facebook Twitter, KCRW, Ted Mills, London Sinfonietta, Anne Teresa, Reed Phase, Keersmaeker Asked

Passion, Music Theatre Wales, 13 October 2018

(sung in English) Queen Elizabeth Hall Images: Clive BardaJennifer France (Her) and National Dance Company Wales Her – Jennifer France Him – Johnny Herford Dancers – Cyril Durand-Gasselin, Nikita Goile, Ed Myhill, Julia Rieder, Malik Williams, Queenie Maidment-Otlet Michael McCarthy, Caroline Finn (co-directors) Simon Banham (designs) Joe Fletcher (lighting) EXAUDI Sound Intermedia (sound design, after original concept by T...
Tags: France, Religion, United Kingdom, Amanda Holden, Intermedia, Paterson, Pascal Dusapin, Lui, Monteverdi, Basingstoke, Mark Berry, Hannigan, Elizabeth Hall, National Dance Company Wales, London Sinfonietta, Birtwistle

Meet Mica Levi, The Musical Mastermind Breaking Through A Male-Dominated Oscar Field

It’s safe to assume “La La Land” will win the Oscar for Best Original Score this month. It is a musical, after all. But you owe it to yourself to learn the name of a promising composer whose work is competing against that illustrious city of stars: Mica Levi.  Every now and then, the music used in a movie is evocative enough to transcend or reshape the plot. In “Jackie,” Levi’s strings score plays like a phantom haunting its title character, the newly widowed Jacqueline Kennedy (played by Natal...
Tags: London, News, Radiohead, Scarlett Johansson, Jfk, Jonathan Glazer, Natalie Portman, Glazer, Jackie, Levi, Huffington Post, Myspace, Rooney Mara, Portman, Kennedys, Igor Stravinsky

London Sinfonietta/Furrer - Furrer, FAMA, 11 November 2016

St John’s, Smith Square Isabelle Munke (actress) Eva Furrer (contrabass flute) EXAUDI, (chorus master: James Weeks) Sophie Motley (staging advisor) London Sinfonietta Beat Furrer (conductor)   Premiered in 2005 at Donaueschingen – how reassuringly modernist that sounds! – Beat Furrer’s sound theatre piece has now, finally, reached London. First performed in a large ‘box’, in which about 300 audience members were seated, the musicians outside, the speaker/...
Tags: London, Religion, St John, Fama, BBC Radio, Feuer, Ovid, Monteverdi, Arthur Schnitzler, Mark Berry, Smith Square, Nono, London Sinfonietta, Sciarrino, Furrer, Donaueschingen

Beat Furrer FAMA - Hörtheater reaches London

Beat Furrer's FAMA came to London at last, with the London Sinfonietta. The piece was hailed as "a miracle" at its premiere at Donaueschingen in 2005 by Die Zeit: State of the Art New Music, recognized by mainstream media, which proves that there is a market for contemporary music lies with lively audiences
Tags: London, Religion, Fama, London Sinfonietta, Furrer, Donaueschingen

A Warning against Fascism: Henze's 'In memoriam: The White Rose'

As the xenophobic fascism of Theresa May, Nigel Farage, and The Daily Mail, amongst others, cements its icy, murderous grip upon the United Kingdom, as the world looks on in terror at the prospect of the United States electing Donald Trump as President, here is a moving, seven-minute musical tribute to earlier victims of fascism. 'Lest we forget' is now monstrously insufficient, for we forget daily in the very act of intoning a trite phrase that now means less than nothing. Let us stop forgett...
Tags: Germany, Religion, Munich, Daily Mail, United States, Nigel Farage, United Kingdom, Nazi, Donald Trump, Bologna, Bach, Hans, Henze, White Rose, Mark Berry, London Sinfonietta

Prom 21: Leleux/Aurora/Collon - Rihm, Strauss, and Mozart, 31 July 2016

Royal Albert Hall Rihm – Gejagte Form Strauss – Oboe Concerto in D major Mozart – Symphony no.41 in C major, KV 551 François Leleux (oboe) Aurora Orchestra Nicholas Collon (conductor) The Aurora Orchestra and Nicholas Collon opened this afternoon concert with the Proms premiere of the 2002 revision of Wolfgang Rihm’s 1995-6 work, Gejagte Form (the original version having been performed by the London Sinfonietta under Markus Stenz in 1998). Rihm’s ‘hunted’ form ...
Tags: Religion, Aurora Orchestra, Mozart, Strauss, Aurora, Stockhausen, Schoenberg, Henze, Tom Service, Harnoncourt, Mark Berry, London Sinfonietta, Rihm, Wolfgang Rihm

One look at the future

I'm delighted -- amazed, thrilled, just over the moon -- about next season's programs at the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the first season under the orchestra's new conductor, Alan Pierson. Talk about the future of classical music! Pierson, an indie classical musician known for conducting Alarm Will Sound, a pretty astounding new music ensemble, is shaping the orchestra's season almost entirely around Brooklyn composers and Brooklyn communities:In this debut "reboot" season, the Brooklyn Phil features...
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Performances of the Year, 2015

Scene from Romeo Castellucci's Moses und Aron in Paris (Bernd Uhlig) 2015 has been a splendid musical year, even if, politically, it has often been catastrophic. As my previous posting showed, the ninetieth birthday of Pierre Boulez has loomed large, and it does here too. It could readily have loomed still larger here, but I tried to offer, in this list of twenty performances, something of a cross-section. There were a good few other performances worthy of mention, but I had to stop...
Tags: Berlin, Vienna, Munich, Paris, Beethoven, Royal Opera House, Salzburg, Mozart, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Schumann, Beckett, Boulez, Barenboim, Stravinsky, Vienna Philharmonic