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Kupka's Piano: Giants Behind Us


Kupka's Piano: Giants Behind Us

  • Date: Friday, 10 May 2013, 7.30pm
  • Venue: The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts — 420 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD
  • Tickets: Adults: $20 | Children: $12 | Concession: $12 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 0738 729 000

Event Details

After a sold-out first concert of 2013, the second will see Kupka's Piano journey to the Old World to hunt down the latest, most fascinating developments in Germanic music. No longer the friendly Viennese tunes we’re used to, no longer the clinical serialist powerhouse - what are they up to over there? And how does that relate to what's happening here, in Australia? When you say ‘German modernist music’, people tend to think of one of a couple variants: Scraping noises punctuated by inhalation-screams; music that is so disjointed and close to silence that you wonder whether it even exists beyond your imagination; or the deranged composer Adrian Leverkühn of Thomas Mann’s famous novel ‘Doctor Faustus’. As Brahms said about writing in the wake of Beethoven, "You don't know what it means to the likes of us when we hear his footsteps behind us", so a new generation of German composers have said today. With so many giants behind them, their response is a music that struggles against the weight of its own history and tries to find something new to say. A music that is challenging and dark, anxious and self-conscious, but at the same time affirmative and sonorous, rhythmic and at times lyrical. A music absolutely diverse in expression, but unified in its integrity and intent. This concert presents that music - as composed by the generations of today. Kupka’s Piano is excited to be presenting the music of four young composers in their 20s or 30s, and equally excited to present a program where each work was composed in the last 15 years, and each work is an Australian or world premiere. Featuring the music of Genoël von Lilienstern, Wolfram Schurig, Isabel Mundry, Gerald Resch (pictured above), Katharina Rosenberg, and our own Peter Clark.

Performers: Kupka's Piano with guest artists Samantha Mason (saxophone), Tabatha McFadyen (soprano) and Danielle Bentley (violoncello). Kupka's Piano is: Peter Clark (conductor/composer), Hannah Reardon-Smith (flutes), Alex Raineri (piano), Liam Flenady (composer), Michael Mathieson-Sandars (composer), Angus Wilson (percussion), Macarthur Clough (clarinets), and Alethea Coombe (violin).

Featured non-Australian music: (all Australian premieres) Lilienstern - The Severed Garden (2009); Schurig - A.R.C.H.E (2005); Mundry - Komposition für Flöte und Schlagzeug (1999); Resch - Splitter (2002); Rosenberg - phragmocone (2009)

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 0439 548 920 or by email to hannahreardonsmith@gmail.com

Featured Australian Works

 In lines, in time I & II by Peter Clark — World premiere

Featured artists

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