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George Benjamin on Lessons in Love & Violence: ‘Martin Crimp wrings music from me’ #HF18

The world premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love & Violence unleashed a true flood of 4 and 5 star reviews. Martin Crimp wrote the libretto, as he had done for Benjamin’s earlier operas Into the Little Hill and … Continue reading

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Help de os aan een dak: crowdfunding introductie op moderne muziek

Beste lezer. Ik voltooide onlangs Een os op het dak: moderne muziek na 1900 in vogelvlucht. Het is een beknopte inleiding op moderne muziek van na 1900 en zo goed als af. Enkel nog wat laatste puntjes op de i … Continue reading

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Hans Abrahamsen’s Three Pieces for Orchestra: ‘Extremely charming and expressive’

The music of the Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen (1952) is highly poetic and often has a strong visual expressiveness. He paints with a fine brush; his work sounds transparent like a watercolour. – As e.g. in the highly successful fairytale-like … Continue reading

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Gavin Bryars: ‘I look upon Billy the Kid with some compassion’

In Calamity/Billy the French Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse & the Belgian Muziektheater Transparant combine two mythical heroes of the Wild West. Starting point of this double bill was Ben Johnston’s song cycle Calamity Jane to her Daughter, to which Gavin … Continue reading

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Karina Canellakis on women in music: ‘Just go ahead & do it!’

Her father was a conductor, yet it didn’t occur to her to follow in his footsteps. Karina Canellakis (New York, 1982) became a professional violinist, studying with Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute. She made a career in chamber music, … Continue reading

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Teodor Currentzis: Music to die for

He is praised and reviled for his idiosyncratic approach to classical masterpieces. According to Teodor Currentzis (1972) this is ‘a myth, I only do what the composer wants’. On Monday 7 May he will make his debut at Dutch National … Continue reading

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Mayke Nas: ‘Je omgeving beïnvloedt je manier van componeren’

De immer avontuurlijke Mayke Nas, Componist des Vaderlands van 2016-18, presenteert donderdag 3 mei haar nieuwste project in Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, Radio Rusland. Ze ontwikkelde dit theatrale concert samen met de vier dames van het Ragazze Quartet, voor wie … Continue reading

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Annelies van Parys: ‘No more beautiful symbol of love than a flower’

In 2014 Annelies van Parys (1975) composed her first opera, Private View, for Asko|Schönberg and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. Shortly afterwards this was awarded the FEDORA – Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera. The Stuttgarter singers at once asked her to compose … Continue reading

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Cellist Maya Fridman: ‘The best thing about making music is communicating with my audience’.

The cellist Maya Fridman was born in 1989 in Moscow, where she developed into a child prodigy. Already while studying at the Schnittke College she won the first prize of the International Festival of Slavic Music. In 2010 she moved … Continue reading

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Sedje Hémon wrought music from painting

The name of Sedje Hémon (1923-2011) will not immediately ring a bell with most people. She was one of the first artists to work in a interdisciplinary way, basing her compositions on her own paintings. Her painting-scores were recently shown … Continue reading

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