29/01/19

Solstices – London

Date: Tues 29th January, 8pm
Venue: The Royal Academy of Music, Theatre

Solstices is a 70-minute from Georg Friedrich Haas, which takes place entirely in darkness. For 10 musicians, including a completely re-tuned grand piano, Solstices opens with a passage of taut, energetic and precise music.  From here the piece turns to a process of deep-listening by the musicians who, led by a totally re-tuned grand piano, play and tune a series of overtone chords.  Soon Haas introduces a variety of musical ‘games’ and elements that play upon the surface of this slowly moving texture.  Building to an intense climax, the final chord is held by the musicians for more than four minutes.  Haas writes:

very gradually the light comes back
the brighter the light, the softer the music
decrescendo al niente


Solstices is a co-commissioned piece by The Riot Ensemble, the Darmstadt Internationales Musikinstitut, November Music and Dark Music Days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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