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On tour: Oxford



Tristan Murail Les Ruines circulaires 
Tristan Murail Feuilles à travers les cloches
Kaija Saariaho Oi Kuu 
Gérard Grisey Talea
Tristan Murail La Barque Mystique 

The London Sinfonietta is joined by composer Tristan Murail for a programme exploring Spectral (or “liminal”) music. The term was first formulated in the 1970s by Tristan Murail and Roger Tessier, the founders of the French new music ensemble L’Itineraire. Now associated too with the music of composers such as György Ligeti, Gérard Grisey, Marc André, Georg Friedrich Haas and Kaija Saariaho, Spectralism describes the process by which a detailed analysis of a given sound forms the starting point for composition, with significant implications for the work’s timbre, harmony and temporal quality. In this concert, one of the centrepieces of the international conference hosted by the University of Oxford's Faculty of Music, the London Sinfonietta presents a compelling programme of spectral compositions featuring the music of Tristan Murail, interleaved with spoken introductions from composers and players.

Jonathan Berman conductor
Jonathan Cross presenter
London Sinfonietta 

This event is part of Spectralisms, an international conference organised by the Faculty of Music, University of Oxford on 15–16 March 2017.



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  • £13, £10 (£5 students)

    Venue: (view map)

    Jaqueline du Pre Music Building
    St Hilda's College
    Cowley Place
    OX4 1DY

    Box Office No:
    01865 305305