(Russia-Germany: Beyond Barbed Music)
XIV International festival for contemporary music
December 16–20, 2013
Guest composer at the festival: HELMUT LACHENMANN (Germany)
Guest ensemble: ENSEMBLE MODERN (Frankfurt)
Venues of festival:
Moscow State Conservatory (Rachmaninoff Hall, Conference Hall) // ulitsa Bolshaya Nikitskaya, 13
Composers' Union Building // Bryusov pereulok., 8/10
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The Centre for Contemporary Music of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with supporting of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, Goethe-Institute Moscow and Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation presents the XIV International Festival for Contemporary Music “Moscow Forum”.
This year the festival is devoted to the new music of Russia and Germany. Its main theme – “Getrennt durch Stachelmusik” (Beyond Barbed Music) — carries a multitude of connotations: these include the past totalitarian experiences of both countries, the dramatic personal fates of many composers and musicians of the 20th centuries who professed the principles of avant-garde art, and, finally, it is the uncompromisingly complex, “prickly” or “barbed” musical language of contemporary compositions, which impels the listener towards “rejection of habits” (the imperative of Helmut Lachenmann).
The current festival presents a logical continuation of the large-scale Russian-German projects which the Center for Contemporary Music has carried out at the Moscow Conservatory — a massive cycle of concerts with comparative conceptions, “Russia-Germany, Pages of History of 20th Century Music” (2002-2003) and “Klang Stream” (2012–2013), which introduced the listeners to musical compositions written during the last few decades. This time, in a very concentrated time frame of five days — December 16-20 — works by contemporary composers will be presented, including over 15 world premieres by composers from both countries. The Moscow Forum will become the final event of the Year of Germany in Russia in 2012/2013.
For the first time in 18 years, within the walls of the Moscow Conservatory the famous Ensemble Modern will perform within the walls of the Moscow Conservatory. It was already invited as a guest ensemble of the Moscow Forum festival, “Music of Russia and Germany: Retrospectives and Perspectives” (1995), the first cross musical project in the history of our countries.
The guest composer of the festival will be Helmut Lachenmann (1934) one of the most significant composers of modern times. What became the most important imperative of his creative life was the idea of the liberation of the listener from the habits imposed on him by contemporary bourgeois society. With this aim in mind, Lachenmann developed an individual method of composition, a type of Musique concrète instrumentale, based on utilization of unconventional performing techniques connected, first of all, with differentiated noise-production. By opposing such an approach to the traditional “philharmonic” sound, the composer attempts at concentrating the attention of the listener towards the structural peculiarities of a composition based on concrete sounds. One of the greatest prophets of anti-bourgeois aesthetics, Lachenmann made a colossal impact on many composers throughout the whole world. His compositions will be performed on every one of the festival’s concerts.
The program of the Forum includes daily evening concerts from Monday to Friday, as well as daytime discussions and lectures.
Following the established tradition, the opening concert (Monday, December 16] will feature the festival’s basic ensemble, the Studio for New Music with its conductor Igor Dronov. The program will be comprised of the newest works by Russian composers (Alexey Sysoev, Natalia Prokopenko) and some of the leading German avant-garde composers (Nikolaus A. Huber, Enno Poppe) composed especially for the Studio. On Thursday, December 19 the Studio will present one more concert devoted to electronic and multimedia music from both countries (which will include Karlheinz Stockhausen’s cult composition “Mantra” for two pianos and electronics from 1970).
In the middle portion of the festival at the Rakhmaninoff Hall there will be a performance of Ensemble Modern (with conductor Ilan Volkov). On Tuesday, December 17 it will present a panoramic program of German music of the last few decades (Helmut Lachenmann, Enno Poppe, Jörg Widmann, Hanspeter Kyburz, Friedrich Goldmann). Wednesday, December 18 will contain the greatest amount of cross-connections: the Ensemble Modern will perform world premieres by Russian composers Olga Bochikhina and Alexei Sioumak, and then the Ensemble Modern and the Studio for New Music will combine for a joint performance of one of Helmut Lachenmann’s most significant compositions, “...zwei Gefühle...” in which the composer will recite the spoken text.
The final day of the festival, Friday, December 20 will feature a joint special project of the Moscow Forum and the Kandinsky Premium (an authoritative independent Russian premium in the field of contemporary art) — “Klangbilde einer Ausstellung” (ARTinki s Vystavki / ARTistic Pictures at an Exhibition). This is an original artistic “reflection” of a well-known historical fact: in his time Wassily Kandinsky created a state version of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” in Germany. Presently in Moscow there will be performances of works by young composers devoted to art objects presented on the current exhibition of nominees of the Premium in the building of the former cinema theater “Udarnik”. The concert will feature the participation of Mark Pekarsky, whose ensemble will continue the “hit” theme in the second half of the concert.
Compositions for bayan (performed by Sergey Tchirkov) and string quartet (performed by the Studio for New Music String Quartet) will comprise the programs of the early evening concerts at 6 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The daytime events will include discussions: on Monday and Tuesday (December 16 and December 17) will take place meetings with Helmut Lachenmann, on Wednesday, December 18 —seminar “On Russian and German music today” (the focal presentations will be by Peter Hiekel, Germany, and Fedor Sofronov, Russia), and on Friday, December 20, — discussion “Interaction of music and visual art” (a presentation of the project “Klangbilde einer Ausstellung” with the participation of composers, artists and musicologists).Concert programs are placed at THE CONCERT CALENDAR
The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
The Organizing Committee of the Festival: tel./fax: +7 (495) 690 5181
Contacts for the press: +7 (910) 418 7349 – Vera Serebriakova
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