Festival Acht Brücken
May 1 2014
Fascinated by the ‘insect-like’ beauty of agricultural machinery, Darius Milhaud gave musical expression to texts from sales catalogues in his work for mezzo-soprano and ensemble – without a trace of irony. Vladimir Tarnopolski drew his inspiration from Foucault’s pendulum, which demonstrated that the world rotates around its stationary axis.
From a seeming standstill he creates a compelling world of sound that evokes thumping machinery in a factory. Conlon Nancarrow was frustrated by the limitations of live pianists and painstakingly punched his complex rhythmical patterns in paper rolls for the mechanical pianola. György Ligeti was a great champion and friend of Nancarrow. He extended the boundaries of the piano literature with three books full of complex, polyrhythmic etudes.
Machines agricoles op. 56
No. 7 (arr. Yvar Mikhashoff)
No. 6 (arr. Yvar Mikhashoff)
Arc-en-ciel (arr. Hans Abrahamsen)
En suspense (arr. Hans Abrahamsen)
Spirals, loops, lines (première)
Reinbert de Leeuw