Music of Today: Giacinto Scelsi

Thu 07 May 2015 18.00

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London

Event Price: Free

The Philharmonia’s innovative Music of Today series offers the chance to hear new music. Italian aristocrat Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988) chose not to speak about his unique music and didn't much care whether it was performed or not. Though Scelsi was appreciated by major composers such as Ligeti and Murail, it wasn't until the mid-1980s when his music was more widely discovered - and it remains rarely performed in the UK. Full of primeval energy and of fantastical touches, Scelsi's visionary works often refer to mythology: I presagi alludes to the downfall of a Mayan city, and Anahit is subtitled 'lyric poem dedicated to Venus'. Scelsi Anahit for violin and ensemble Scelsi I Presagi for brass ensemble and percussion Irvine Arditti violin Pierre-André Valade conductor Philharmonia OrchestraMusic of Today is supported by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

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