Tom Service on Schönberg’s anti-revolutionary qualities: “The most radical thing about Schoenberg's Second String Quartet is precisely that there isn't a big musical signpost declaring: 'No key signature ahead – beware!'”
Read the full article on the Guardian.
Listen to an excerpt of the String Quartet No.2
Something strange starts to happen when you listen to American composer Morton Feldman's long, long – and I mean long – late chamber pieces. I'm talking about the 80-minute Piano and String Quartet, the four and a half hours of For Philip Guston (which you can hear live at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival on 21 November 2012) or the biggest of them all, the five-hour Second String Quartet.
This is how Tom Service starts his latest blog entry, in which he writes about Morton Feldman, providing a nice introduction to the composer, his music and his contemporaries. The full article is available on The Guardian.
The London Sinfonietta presents a portrait of Harrison Birtwistle at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London tonight. David Atherton conducts.
In the first half of the concert, Tom Service talks to Harrison Birtwistle about his music.
Watch Birtwistle in conversation with the Southbank Centre’s Gillian Moore.
Watch on YouTube.
“A sensual musical bath of sonorous reverberation and exotic resonance, music that shimmers and glints with a seductive play of instrumental timbres”
In the same article, Gillian Moore, the Southbank Centre’s head of contemporary culture, asks if Boulez’ Pli selon Pli is “greatest orchestral work of the past 50 years”.
The Southbank Centre’s Exquisite Labyrinth: The Music of Pierre Boulez, takes place from Friday 30 Sept to Sunday 2 Oct.