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Kagel, Compass Pieces – London Sinfonietta

Kagel complete cycle, 1 June 2013

The London Sinfonietta, under Thierry Fischer, will be giving a performance of the complete cycle of Mauricio Kagel’s The Pieces of the Compass Rose (Die Stücke der Windrose) this summer.

The work constitutes ‘a musical travelogue taking you from the north east of Brazil, to the Gulf of Finland and the South American Andes using instruments from piano and harmonium to a full range of percussion’ (London Sinfonietta). Discussing this work, the composer wrote that his approach to geographical points was influenced by ‘having been born in the southern hemisphere. When one has spent the first, most impressionable part of one's life there, the four cardinal points evoke particular experiences, desires and schematic views of things which are exactly contrary to the corresponding emotional world of Europeans. For me South is still synonymous not with heat, but cold: with Patagonia, the Tierra
del Fuego and Antarctica. The North, on the other hand, is anything but cold: merciless sun and sharply etched shadows, sweltering humidity, desert landscape and barrenness.’

The performance is on Saturday, 1 June at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, UK.


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