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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

Human Scale: either end of the SCALE3

26th February 2017, 19:30, Concert Room, Department of Music, Durham University, Palace Green, Concert performed by Ives Ensemble

Ives Ensemble

Programme: Anton WebernDrei kleine Stücke, opus 11
Arnold SchoenbergSechs kleine Klavierstücke, opus 19
Charles IvesA Set of Three Short Pieces
Morton FeldmanPiano and String Quartet

The final evening of “either end of the SCALE” sees another of Morton Feldman’s hauntingly beautiful long creations, the 75-minute Piano and String Quartet. Here we find Feldman at his most lyrical and restrained, pairing a magical translucency with the subtlest harmonic and rhythmical shadings found in contemporary music. Considering it his favourite piece, the composer summarized the work as “the history of the speed of a broken chord”, and claimed that it had “everything I always wanted”. The first half of the concert features exquisite pieces by composers that were of immense influence on Feldman’s thinking. The brief masterworks by Webern, Schoenberg and Ives form a perfect gateway to the expansiveness of Feldman’s musical landscape. This concert, performed by MUSICON regulars the Ives Ensemble, is an evening that will remain in any music lover’s memory for a long time to come.

  • Tickets: £10, Students £4, Under 18s £1 Festival passe-partout: £25, students £10 Box Office: Department of Music, Durham Tel: 0191 33 43140 Or online at:

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