Monday, March 2, 2015
2 pm, Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park
Workshop for Singers, Composers and Librettists
Supported by the John R. Stratton Visitor in Music Fund
THE MICHAEL AND SONJA KOERNER DISTINGUISHED VISITOR IN COMPOSITION
WILMA AND CLIFFORD SMITH VISITOR IN MUSIC
The workshop focuses on Let me tell you, a new work by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen based on Paul Griffiths’ novel by the same name. The work was commissioned and premiered by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, with soprano Barbara Hannigan (MusBac 1993, MMus 1999), to whom the work was dedicated.
“Barbara Hannigan is an exception, one of the few heroes who prevent a lightning bolt from shattering the crumbling ‘classical music business’: a singer blessed with an amazing soprano voice and full artistic incorruptibility, devoted with equal intensity to baroque and modern music.” - Berliner Zeitung
Hans Abrahamsen received his musical education from, amongst others, Per Nørgård, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen and György Ligeti. He received the Carl Nielsen Prize in 1989 and the Wilhelm Hansen Composer Prize in 1998 and is considered one of the foremost composers of his generation.
Paul Griffiths was born in Wales in 1947 and worked for thirty years as a music critic in London and New York. Besides several books on music, he has written librettos (notably for Elliott Carter’s What Next?) and novels. His most recent publications include collections of stories based on Noh plays, in English (The Tilted Cup) and French (Pavillon lunaire).
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