György Ligeti Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes
A pocket history of post-war music
In a late-night prom the London Sinfonietta present a programme showcasing a diverse selection of contemporary techniques and styles developed since the mid-twentieth century. Solo instrumental writing sits side-by-side with large orchestral forces, electronic techniques, aleatoric composition, and experimentalism in this programme which features György Ligeti's rarely-performed Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes, Jonathan Harvey's Mortuos Plango, Vivos Voco composed using electronic techniques and recordings of Winchester Cathedral's largest bell, and John Cage's famous 4'33''.
In Louis Andriessen's 1983 work De Snelheid for large orchestra divided into three seperate ensembles, the London Sinfonietta are joined by players from the London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble.
This event will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Radio 3.
André de Ridder conductor
Tom Service on-stage presenter
Byron Fulcher trombone
Sound Intermedia sound projection
London Sinfonietta Academy Ensemble