From 28 October to 25 November, Vienna is once again the centre of contemporary music.

Austria and Britain are the focus of this year’s festival, which will explore not only the differences, but also the similarities in the musical developments of both countries and their composers.

Austria's grand seigneur Friedrich Cerha and his magnum opus Spiegel IVII open the festival on 28 October in a performance by the RSO Vienna under Cornelius Meister.

UE highlights at Wien Modern:

  • Luke Bedford: Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper (31/10), Slow Music (18/11)
  • Harrison Birtwistle: Cortege (4/11), An Imaginary Landscape (20/11), Silbury Air (31/10), The Triumph of Time (3/11)
  • Francis Burt: Mohn und Gedächtnis (23/11 world première), Morgana (3/11)
  • Friedrich Cerha: Les Adieux (23/11), Bruchstück geträumt (23/11), Curriculum (21/11), Divertimento (21/11), Für Marino (29/10, 31/10, 14/11 world première), Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (25/11), Like a Tragicomedy (20/11), Momente (3/11), Spiegel IVII (28/10)
  • Johannes Maria Staud: Tableaux Vivants (09/11–12/11 world première), Eine Ecke aus dem Polygon (3/11 world première)
  • Georg Friedrich Haas: Monodie (23/11), Poème (23/11)

See the full programme at the Wien Modern Website

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