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New CD 'Riflessi' by Rijnvos - Ives Ensemble

Recently the Ives Ensemble of Amsterdam presented a new CD album entitled "Riflessi". It features three compositions by Richard Rijnvos: "Riflesso sul tasto" from 2007, "Riflesso sull'arco", which was composed in 2016, and finally "Riflesso sullo spazio" from this year. The 'Riflessi' series consists exclusively of companion pieces. In other words: each 'Riflesso' explores the same exceptional scoring of a classic from the last century. The new CD is released on the label RTF Classical, and carries the catalogue number NI6383.

(12 Nov 2019) » More about New CD 'Riflessi' by Rijnvos - Ives Ensemble


Dr Weeks nominated for Ivors Composer Award

Following his success in the British Composer Awards 2018, Dr James Weeks has again been nominated in the now-renamed Ivors Composer Awards 2019, for his string quartet Leafleoht (2018).

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Dr Weeks nominated for Ivors Composer Award


Rave reviews for new Gesualdo disc (James Weeks - EXAUDI)

The latest recording by vocal ensemble EXAUDI, which is directed by Dr James Weeks, has been released on the German label Winter&Winter to universal critical acclaim. Departing from EXAUDI’s core contemporary and experimental repertoire, the new disc is a recital of 18 madrigals from the Fifth and Sixth Books of Carlo Gesualdo (1566-1613), presented in fresh new readings that privilege the music’s extreme expressive vision.

(1 Nov 2019) » More about Rave reviews for new Gesualdo disc (James Weeks - EXAUDI)


The Philosophy of Rhythm - forthcoming OUP publication

With original essays by philosophers, psychologists, musicians, literary theorists, and ethno-musicologists, The Philosophy of Rhythm opens up wider-and plural-perspectives, examining formal affinities between the historically interconnected fields of music, dance, and poetry, while addressing key concepts such as embodiment, movement, pulse, and performance.

(9 Oct 2019) » More about The Philosophy of Rhythm - forthcoming OUP publication


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. 

(20 Sep 2019) » More about World première ' Das Wohlpräparierte Klavier ' by Richard RIJNVOS


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. 

(12 Sep 2019) » More about Musicon Call for Scores


Assistant Professor in Music Analysis

Applications are invited for an Assistant Professor in Music from 1 September 2020. The successful candidate will have expertise in teaching in the field of music analysis and contribute towards the teaching of musicology in general.

(5 Sep 2019) » More about Assistant Professor in Music Analysis


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