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Kupka's piano : Il faut être


Kupka's piano : Il faut être

  • Date: Friday, 23 May 2014, 7:30pm
  • Venue: The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts — 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD
  • Tickets: $22/$14 — Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Kupka’s Piano’s second concert in our 2014 series ‘Il faut être’ at JWCoCA sees an exploration into music which is outside, separated, distanced, foreign and other, with a concert almost entirely consisting of works composed in the past ten years.

At the heart of the programme is Brett Dean’s deeply psychological Old Kings in Exile, which contemplates the infirm in a way which exposes our own mortality and forces us to draw an unclear but undeniable line between our present existence and our lives past-lived.

Liza Lim’s Love Letter explores the distance between letter-writing lovers, inserting an additional communicative barrier by abstracting a musical space from a letter itself.

György Kurtág’s other-worldly Varga Bálint draws a series of delicately gestural vignettes which speak almost as if in an archaic language in slow motion, unknown and uncanny to listeners today. Tristan Murail, on the other hand, makes this archaic other-worldliness explicit and programmatic in his piece La Mandragore, which draws its inspiration from the superstition and mysticism of times past.

Join us also for the world premiere of a new work by young Australian composer Melody Eötvös who writes from her expatriate position in the United States, as well as the Australian premiere of an exciting duo, La Rose Pulverisée, by emerging Danish composer, Rune Glerup.

This concert also features special guest performers: Jodie Rottle (flutes), Nick Harmsen (clarinets) and Peter Clark (conductor).


Brett Dean // Old Kings in Exile // 2010
Melody Eötvös // Wild October Jones // 2014*
Liza Lim // Love Letter // 2011
Tristan Murail // La Mandragore // 1993
György Kurtág // Varga Bálint Ligaturája // 2007
Rune Glerup // La Rose Pulvérisée // 2007**

* World Premiere
** Australian Premiere

Featured non-Australian music: Kurtág, Glerup, Murail

Featured Australian Works

Love letter : percussion by Liza Lim
— performed by Kupka's Piano
Sextet : 'Old kings in exile' : for flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, violoncello and piano (2010) by Brett Dean
— performed by Kupka's Piano

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