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Music We'd Like To Hear in March

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7.30 pm Friday 23 March
Early to Late CD Launch Concert

Magnus Granberg How Vain Are All Our Frail Delights? (2017)

Jürg Frey Late Silence (2017)


Ensemble Grizzana:

Jürg Frey (clarinet)
Magnus Granberg (celesta, harmonica & stones)
Angharad Davies (violin)
Mira Benjamin (violin)
Anton Lukoszevieze (cello)
Dominic Lash (double bass)
John Lely (electronics, harmonica & stones)
Richard Craig (flute & electronics)
Philip Thomas (piano)
Simon Allen (dulcimer & glass harp)
Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (zither & electronics)

Two world premieres, both loosely based on two pieces of early music: Ockeghem's 'Deploration sur la mort de Binchois' and Byrd's 'Oh Lord How Vain'. From this common starting point, composers Jürg Frey and Magnus Granberg worked separately, producing fascinatingly different results, both haunted by distant echoes of the source material.

Magnus: 'How Vain Are All Our Frail Delights? consists of: a temporal framework; sets of musical materials from which the performers choose what to play; and some suggestions as to how to treat the materials. The resulting piece can be described as an environment in which the properties of the environment itself, as well as the different choices, interests and natures of its inhabitants, regulate the final outcome of the music. Whether the outcome is to be considered vain, frail or delightful is, as in life itself, up to each one of us, listeners and performers alike.'

Jürg: 'The material is raw but delicate. The language is non-rhetorical and precise. The form has a clear architecture; sounds and sections become present and disappear but don't dissolve. The work of the composer is elemental – as is its absence when the composer lets the music go on without any interference. Tonality is vaguely touched on, a soft, slightly wavering light in the music. Silence, memory, presence – this triad shimmers in the background and keeps the piece in a balance of clear decisions and wide horizons.'

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