Words and Music (Performances 6th-8th November


Music and Literature, by William Harnett [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Music and Literature, by William Harnett [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Join Durham’s Musicon concert series for a Festival that places a sound emphasis on the marriage between grand literature and new music. Friday 6th November sees the UK première of Anthony Fiumara’s brand new string quartet I Dreamed in the Cities at Night, inspired by Remco Campert’s poem. On 7th November there will be a chance to experience the original music for Samuel Beckett’s radio play Words and Music. Concluding the series is Voices and Piano, an ongoing cycle-in-progress by the Austrian composer Peter Ablinger, on 8th November.

Featuring quintessential twentieth-century composers, such as Steve Reich, György Kurtág, John Cage and Morton Feldman, the series also shines a spotlight on a brilliant younger generation, including Austria’s leading composer Peter Ablinger and rising Dutch star Anthony Fiumara. Spread over three evenings, this mini-festival includes world-class performances by mezzo-soprano Lore Lixenberg, and Amsterdam’s fabulous Ives Ensemble, together with actors and speakers from the North East. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience a long weekend of cutting-edge music from the most current voices. Nip those words, sip that music!

For more information and to book tickets, see the Musicon website. If you are interested in exploring further the ways literature and music interrelate, here’s one of our podcasts on music in the novels F. Scott Fitzgerald. Also check out our related posts below.

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