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Premieres At Festival D'Automne

19/09/2017
Festival d’Automne 2017
Following the premiere of Yes in Berlin, Rebecca Saunders’ spatial collage of solos, duos and larger ensemble groupings with soprano will be distributed throughout the Church of Saint Eustache and beyond on 28 September with Ensemble Musikfabrik and Donatienne Michel-Dansac, conducted by Enno Poppe.

For the text, Saunders’ returns to Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from James Joyce’s Ulysses, which has served as inspiration for previous works including Molly’s Song 3 which recently graced Wilton’s Music Hall with BCMG for this year's BBC Proms.

Brian Ferneyhough’s new cycle Umbrations had its first performance in Witten in May, and receives its French premiere at Radio France on 7 October. The cycle makes use of varying groups of players from Ensemble Modern and the Arditti Quartet across the eleven movements, before the ensemble comes together for the finale.

On 9 October the Arditti Quartet premiere dead wasps in the jam-jar (iii) and Miniaturen für Streichquartett (iv 13) from Clara Iannotta and Mark Andre respectively. Iannotta based her work on a line of verse by Dorothy Molloy and is her third piece taking inspiration from this striking visual image. Andre’s quartet adds to iv, his soloist and chamber music cycle, a title he chose from the letters in the words introversion and intravenous, and found a classification of different ways of having sound disappear.

The Festival d’Automne à Paris is a festival of contemporary arts, embracing and combining different art forms. The festival presents works that stand as references, involving approaches of an experimental nature by, inter alia, commissioning artists to create original works. Every year, from September to December, the festival features over fifty events attracting audiences of more than 100,000.


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