Date / Place I

05 December 2020 Gare du Nord, Basel

Date / Place II

06 December 2020 Gare du Nord, Basel

Series

Phoenix

Title

Ligeti & Müller-Siemens – Teacher and Student

Program

György Ligeti (1923–2006) “Concerto for piano and orchestra” (1985–1988) Detlev Müller-Siemens (*1957) “Phoenix I–III” for ensemble (1993–1995)

Musicians

Kirill Zwegintsow
piano solo
Jürg Henneberger
conductor
Christoph Bösch
flute, piccolo
Antje Thierbach
oboe
Toshiko Sakakibara
clarinet, bass clarinet, alto ocarina
Lucas Rößner
bassoon
Aurélien Tschopp
horn
Jens Bracher
trumpet
Antonio Jiménez-Marín
trombone, bass trombone
Daniel Stalder
percussion
João Pacheco
percussion
Ludovic Van Hellemont
piano
Friedemann Treiber
violin
Daniel Hauptmann
violin
Petra Ackermann
viola
Stéphanie Meyer
cello
Aleksander Gabryś
double bass

Program description

In the 1960s, the Hungarian composer György Ligeti developed the technique of “micropolyphony,” which has left a distinctive mark on his work. In the 1980s he became acquainted with the music for pianola by Conlon Nancarrow as well as the “just intonation” developed by Harry Partch. At the same time, he discovered in the music of the African tribe of the Aka Pygmies a unique rhythm that fascinated and influenced him. The European music of the 16th century, with its complex polyphonic structure and mid-tone tuning, influenced his late work.

In his “Phoenix” cycle, his student Detlev Müller-Siemens adopted his teacher’s melodic and harmonic complexity in his own way. Describing his music, he speaks of “proliferating, meandering lines floating freely in space between always the same opening and closing notes – like flocks of birds – all of which have a melodic-harmonic ‘ground color’ in common. Overall, each of the three pieces moves in its own way between the extremes of a stony-compact sonority on the one hand, and a line-like, meandering melodicism on the other.”


According to the Covid-19 ordinance of the canton BS of 20th of November 2020, only a maximum of 15 people were allowed at public events.