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18 Nov 2018

OpusNovus: Through Time & Space

YST Conservatory Orchestra Hall
18 November 2018 (Su)
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM< OpusNovus/strong>

  • Mauricio Kagel10 Marches To Miss the Victory
  • Enno PoppeBrot
  • Younghi Pagh-PaanDie Insel Schwimmt
  • Pascal Dusapin (1955-)Quatuor III (1992)
  • John CageThree Dances
  • Morton FeldmanDurations III
  • Edgard VarèseOctandre

Join OpusNovus, the Conservatory’s contemporary music ensemble in their final concert this semester.

The first half of this programme features composers associated to Europe. Beginning with Argentine-German composer Kagel, whose music is often filled with humour, sarcasm and theatre, as in 10 Marches To Miss the Victory, which is essentially a parody of military marches. German composer Enno Poppe’s Brot (bread) grooves with nuances that are almost akin to modern jazz, and the intensity of the musical texture gradually rises to a point that borders on hyperactivity. In contrast, Korean-German composer Pagh-Paan’s poetic Die Insel Schwimmt takes on a delicate quality, while the French composer Dusapin’s exquisite and substantial third string quartet would be divided amongst two string quartets.

In the ‘American’ second half, one can expect gamelan-inspired rhythms through Cage’s Three Dances for two prepared pianos, and Feldman’s spacious Durations III. The concert concludes with Varèse’s iconic Octandre of almost a century ago, but it remains nonetheless refreshing.