Brian Ferneyhough, John Cage and Mauricio Kagel feature in various events at this year's Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. In a Festival highlight, a John Cage retrospective concert from fifty years ago will be reproduced, covering a span of 25 years of composition.
Saturday 22 November ST PAUL'S HALL 12 NOON Tickets £18 (£16 concession) Brian Ferneyhough - Dum Transisset I-IV
The Arditti Quartet returns for its 13th visit to the Festival, this year performing a cutting edge programme of contrasting British music. Ferneyhough's four short pieces Dum Transisset I-IV use plainchant fragments from the Renaissance composer, Christopher Tye, as a basis for re-imagination.
Sunday 30 November ST PAUL'S HALL 1.30PM Tickets £12 (£10 concession) Mauricio Kagel - Gegenstimmen, Burleske New London Chamber Choir Directed by James Weeks Jane Chapman harpsichord Christian Forshaw baritone saxophone
Kagel's witty Gegenstimmen pits conductor against choir (and harpsichord) to brilliant effect, while his more recent Burleske is an absurd theatre of choral gestures led by a virtuoso baritone saxophone.
Sunday 30 November HUDDERSFIELD TOWN HALL 4PM Tickets £16 (£14 concession) 50-year retrospective of the 1958 New York Town Hall concert Part 1 John Cage: Six short inventions First Construction (in metal) Imaginary landscape No 1 The wonderful widow of eighteen springs She is asleep Music for carillon Williams [re]Mix[ed] (performed by Larry Austin)
Part 3: John Cage Concerto for piano and orchestra Philip Thomas director / pianist Apartment House Lore Lixenberg voice University of Huddersfield Percussion Ensemble Mathew Adkins electronics
In 1958, artists Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and Emile de Antonio arranged for a retrospective concert of John Cage's music in New York Town Hall. The concert covered a span of 25 years of compositions, from the early Six short inventions (written around the time Cage was studying with Schoenberg) and culminating in the premiere performance of the Concert for piano and orchestra.
Works for Piano, Prepared Piano and Toy Piano
February Pieces for Piano and Octet '61 for Jasper Johns