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World première ' Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier ' by Richard RIJNVOS

On 22 September 2019 the Ives Ensemble from Amsterdam will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ composition Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier

The genesis of the new work goes back to 5 October 2012 when Dutch pianist John Snijders was making the necessary arrangements for a performance of John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes.The laborious process of preparing the piano was captured on camera and made into a documentary film by the British artist Adam Barker-Mill. Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier functions as incidental music for this video. 

The world première performance of the work will take place in the Orgelpark in Amsterdam. The concert programme also features a repeat performance of two other recent works by Richard Rijnvos: quattro quadri, played by Dutch organist Jan Hage, and Riflesso sullo spazio, performed by the Ives Ensemble. 

The latter composition as well as Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier will receive their UK premières next month, in London's Southbank Centre (28 OCT) and during the Musicon concert series in Durham (26-27 OCT). 

Read more on: https://www.richardrijnvos.com/compositions/no53-das_wohlpraeparierte_klavier.html

(20 Sep 2019)


Musicon Call for Scores

Musicon is Durham University’s professional concert series, now in its 50th year. For our anniversary season, we are asking UK-based composers to submit works to be considered for three of our concerts. Works can have have been performed previously but must have been written in the past ten years. Representatives from Musicon will, in collaboration with members of the ensemble concerned, choose one piece to be performed in each concert. Details of the instrumentations, deadlines, and concert times are as follows: 

a) Ives Ensemble [fl, cl, pno, vln, vla, vc] – your piece should be for a minimum of three of these.
Deadline for submissions: 15th September 2019
Concert date: 26th October 2019 (19.30) 

b) EXAUDI [S, M, A, T, T, B] - your piece should be for a minimum of three of these.
Deadline for submissions: 1st December 2019
Concert date: 4th February 2020 (19.30)

c) Alpaca Ensemble [cl, tbn, pro, perc, vln, vc] - your piece should be for a minimum of three of these.
Deadline for submissions: 1st December 2019
Concert date: 19th February 2020 (19.30) 

Please ensure that your submissions meet the following terms: 

1. Composers may submit no more than one piece for each of the ensembles (your submissions can be sent in the same email or separately).
2. Please do not include your name on the scores (pieces that can be identified by the composer’s name will not be considered). 
3. The body of your email should include the title, duration, and instrumentation of your work.
4. Maximum duration for each piece: 12 minutes.
5. Due to the limitations of the venues, works with electronics are unfortunately not accepted.
6. There is no participation fee. 
7. There is a limited budget to cover domestic transport and one night’s accommodation in Durham. 

Scores should be sent to new.music@durham.ac.uk 

Please use the subject heading “Musicon Call for Scores: ” followed by the name of the ensemble. 

Further enquiries, including vocal range specifications, should be directed to new.music@durham.ac.uk 

(12 Sep 2019)


What is a musicologist? Dr Hambridge visits primary school in Newcastle

Earlier this month Dr Katherine Hambridge visited St Vincent’s RC Primary School in Walker, Newcastle upon Tyne, to talk about her job as a musicologist. She enjoyed trying to explain what it is a university music historian does, with the role’s combination of teaching and research, and she also demonstrated to the children how studying the music of the past can reveal how people lived and what they believed and cared about. She showed them her latest book on nineteenth-century music theatre and the sorts of primary research materials she would use to explore this topic. The students, who ranged from 7-11 years old, were impressively attentive and asked some searching questions! 

(5 Jul 2019) » More about What is a musicologist? Dr Hambridge visits primary school in Newcastle


Short-term vacancy at the Music Department

The Department of Music seeks to appoint a suitably qualified candidate to a six month fixed-term Teaching Fellow in Historical Musicology, tenable from 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020.

(9 Apr 2019) » More about Short-term vacancy at the Music Department


World première 'Riflesso sullo spazio' by Richard RIJNVOS

On 11 April 2019 the Ives Ensemble from Amsterdam will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ composition Riflesso sullo spazio

The work is part of a series of companion pieces, started in 2007 with Riflesso sul tasto, followed by Riflesso sull'acqua and Riflesso sull'arco. Each Riflesso explores the same exceptional scoring of a classic from the last century. Riflesso sullo spazio is a companion piece to Arnold Schoenberg's Suite (opus 29). It is scored for 3 clarinets, string trio and piano and lasts no less than 40 minutes.

(5 Apr 2019) » More about World première 'Riflesso sullo spazio' by Richard RIJNVOS


Music Alumni leads his school to win Best Music Department of the Year

The Music Department is proud to celebrate the success of alumnus Matthew O’Keeffe (Durham 2005) who is now Head of Music at the Belvedere Academy. His music department has just won Best Music Department of the Year!

(19 Mar 2019) » More about Music Alumni leads his school to win Best Music Department of the Year


Music Department - International Women’s Day

This week the music department held two events to raise awareness of the ways that gender categories and inequality intersect with musical life, continuing the discussions we’re currently having in the department as part of the Athena Swan initiative.

(7 Mar 2019) » More about Music Department - International Women’s Day


World première “quattro quadri” by Richard Rijnvos

On 16 February 2019 Dutch organist Jan Hage will present the world première of Richard RIJNVOS’ new work quattro quadri. The performance takes place in St Martin Cathedral, locally better known as Dom Church, in the city of Utrecht (the Netherlands). The large-scale organ work, which consists of four movements with a total length of 42 minutes, is part of la Serenissima, a series of compositions dedicated to the city of Venice and its lesser-known, often dark sides. The extramusical subject of the piece is the Black Death in relation to four paintings by the Venetian artist Paolo Veronese of the patron saint Sebastian.

(8 Feb 2019) » More about World première “quattro quadri” by Richard Rijnvos


New CD: ‘Amérique du Nord’ by Richard Rijnvos

Next week the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam will release a CD recording of Richard RIJNVOS's "Amérique du Nord". The work is the second part of “GRAND ATLAS”, a cycle in which each of the seven world continents is depicted in an orchestral composition.

(29 Jan 2019) » More about New CD: ‘Amérique du Nord’ by Richard Rijnvos


Dr James Weeks wins British Composer Award

James Weeks has won a British Composer Award for his work Libro di fiammelle e ombre at a ceremony at the British Museum in London on Tuesday 4 DecemberThe work was the winning item in the Chamber category, where it was shortlisted alongside works by James Dillon and the late Oliver Knussen.

(1 Nov 2018) » More about Dr James Weeks wins British Composer Award


Philosophy of Improv: UG student reports on event

A two-day workshop exploring the philosophy of improvisation in music and other arts was held recently in Newcastle Arts Centre and the Literary and Philosophical Society. 
The event invited improvising musicians, plus practitioners from visual art, architecture, garden design and dance, to explore an ‘aesthetics of imperfection’, an alternative way of considering the value of spontaneous process over final product. It was hosted by Professor of Philosophy at Durham, and associated Music Department member, Andy Hamilton.

(30 Oct 2018) » More about Philosophy of Improv: UG student reports on event


Suppressing Musical Chills, Goosebumps and Shivers in Listeners

Durham music researchers Mr. Scott Bannister and Professor Tuomas Eerola today saw published a novel experiment that successfully manipulated and suppressed experiences of musical chills, goosebumps and shivers down the spine in listeners.

(29 Oct 2018) » More about Suppressing Musical Chills, Goosebumps and Shivers in Listeners


Performance of Stanford’s ‘The Travelling Companion’

Friday, 30th November, Stanford’s last opera ‘The Travelling Companion’ will be given its first professional performances by new Sussex Opera in November and December. Professor Jeremy Dibble, who has been consulted about these performances, will give pre-performance talks about the work on Friday 30th November (before the performance in the Cadogan Hall) and on Sunday 1st December at the Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden. The opera is going to be recorded by SOMM Recordings.
More info at: https://www.newsussexopera.org/

(24 Oct 2018)


World Premiere of Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix’

Saturday 27th October WORLD PREMIERE of Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix 1914-1918’ by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Chorus + Soloists conducted by Adrian Partington.

Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix’ will be given its world premiere performance in Cardiff. Only one movement of the Mass, the ‘Gloria’ was ever performed in Stanford’s lifetime and that was with organ, chorus and soloists under Stanford direction in the chapel of King’s College, Cambridge in 1920. For this performance the published vocal score by Boosey would have been used.

(24 Oct 2018) » More about World Premiere of Stanford’s Mass ‘Via Victrix’


DURMS - First issue available

The Music & Science Lab group is pleased to announce the publication of our new journal, Durham Undergraduate Research in Music & Science (DURMS). The inaugural issue of DURMS features the excellent work of 15 of our undergraduate students, who have produced these articles using materials from their coursework for the Music and Science and Psychology of Music modules, or their final year dissertation projects.

(21 Oct 2018) » More about DURMS - First issue available


Spanish première: Rijnvos’ orchestration of Albéniz

On the 1st and 2nd of November 2018 the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias will perform Richard Rijnvos’ orchestration of Chants d’Espagne by Isaac Albéniz. It is the first time in Spain a professional symphony orchestra presents this orchestration from 2014 of the 5-movement piano suite, which the most important Spanish composer of his time wrote between 1891 and 1894.

(16 Oct 2018) » More about Spanish première: Rijnvos’ orchestration of Albéniz


New publication by Schott: Stravinsky/Rijnvos

International music publisher Schott Mainz recently issued a brand new publication:
Igor Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements, in a version for two pianos by Richard Rijnvos. Stravinsky's masterpiece has been part of the standard orchestral repertoire ever since its première by the New York Philharmonic in 1946.

(8 Oct 2018) » More about New publication by Schott: Stravinsky/Rijnvos