Before we disappear amongst the Christmas wrapping, here are a few tips for your listening pleasure over the holidays.
Pierre Boulez’ Notations are on Radio SWR2 tonight (Friday) at 8pm German time.
David Sawer’s Stramm Gedichte will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 tomorrow (Saturday) at 9:45pm London time.
Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat is sung by the NDR choir tomorrow (Saturday 24th) at 7pm German time on Radio NDR Kultur.
Once the new year kicks off, listen to the Arditti Quartet performing Vykintas Baltakas’ string quartet b(ell tree) on SWR2 on Wednesday 4th January at 11pm German time.
French speakers might like to listen to France Culture’s Villes Mondes Vienne episode, which was first broadcast on 13th November and contains an interview with Friedrich Cerha.
The orchestras that perform our music are made up of very creative people, sometimes in more ways than one.
Here’s a brief look at some of the curious things people send us when sending performance material back to us.
Book 2 of Play the Piano! – Mike Cornick’s piano tutor “for beginners and returning beginners” – is now available.
The reactions to Book 1 were extremely positive:
“The book goes to the top of the pile of piano tutorials currently available for the older beginner …excellent!”
(Michael McMillan, Pianist Magazine 2011)
There are some sample pages below. Visit the product page to listen to audio samples and download additional free performances pieces.
It’s a great book, perfect for adults who've always wanted to play the piano. Book 1 is here.
Sample pages. Click to view in fullscreen mode
The peaceful beauty of Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel underlines the narrative of this short film by Errol Morris, now available on the New York Times website.
In The Umbrella Man, Morris talks to Josiah “Tink” Thompson, the author of the book “Six seconds in Dallas”, about the assassination of John F. Kennedy 48 years ago today.
Who was the Umbrella Man?
Update 24.11.11: To play the video, you need to click on the image above, then click on the almost invisible 'Play' button in the bottom left of the image on the New York Times website, and then once again once the video has loaded ...
The Centre de documentation de la musique contemporaine in Paris is hosting a two-day symposium on Luciano Berio and his stage works.
Read more on the Cdmc website.
Visit also the Centro Studi Luciano Berio.
In an interview for the Seattle Times, Knussen says:
“[Bedford] writes music that is at the same time highly abstract in structure and very poetic in sound and resonance. ‘Outblaze the Sky’ is a short piece which is, in effect, a single big crescendo. He writes beautifully for orchestra, and the harmonic world is beautiful and distinctive. And it’s practical and relatively easy to put together!”
Read the full interview at the Seattle Times.
More on Outblaze The Sky, including an audio excerpt.
Listen live online at around 6pm London time today (Monday 14th).
Pass the Spoon opens at the Tramway in Glasgow on Thursday 17th November.
As the website says:
What can we say about Pass the Spoon?
It’s a show with actors,
music and food.
It’s a bit like an opera, but with vegetables and fruit.
It’s about cooking.
It’s possibly the only show you’ll see this year featuring a dung beetle.
Oh and someone gets eaten. Did we mention that?
The Critical Report won First Prize for Book Design in Educational Folios and the score won Second Prize for Full Score Music Notesetting.
While the Wien Modern festival is raging here in Vienna, here’s a quick look at some other performances around the world this week.
Julian Yu: Philopentatonia at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo
You can see a full list of all forthcoming performances in our calendar.
The RSO Vienna performs under Johannes Kalitzke tonight at the Wien Modern festival.
After the interval, Harrison Birtwistle’s 30-minute The Triumph of Time will be performed.
The concert is broadcast on ORF Radio 1 on Friday 4 November at 19:30 Vienna time.
The concert, which is part of the Wien Modern festival, is the ensemble’s first in Vienna for 15 years.
Also on the programme is Harrison Birtwistle’s Silbury Air, as well as works by George Benjamin, Simon Holt and Thomas Adès.
We’ve just published an early work by Jay Schwartz: Music for Saxophone and Piano.
Thomas Snydacker and Liz Ames perform the piece tonight at the Arizona State University.