KlasikaPlus: Time, sound, perception – the basics of music in the hands of the young generation

Publikováno: 20.11.2022

"It was clear that the selected authors were thinking about form, how to deal with traditional linear, teleological procedures, and that they were more or less counting on the influence of the listener's perception."

"In this case, Mikysk really succeeded in structuring the course of the composition in such a way as to draw the listeners into his 'game', into his concept of time."

"Demoč is one of the authors who can work extremely effectively and precisely with moderate elements."

Essential youth - this was the theme of another of the "essential" concerts that the Ostrava Center for New Music organizes every year in Prague's DOX. While in previous years we had the opportunity to hear, so to speak, monothematic concerts (Essential Xenakis or Bernhard Lang), this time the program was noticeably more diverse. On November 15, orchestral compositions by five young composers from different countries were played.

However, the male and female composers had one thing in common: they were all participants of the institute at the Ostrava Days. I think it had a significant impact on their starting position; they wrote for a group they know to some extent (although the composition of the Ostrava New Orchestra is variable). However, I wouldn't say that they tried to adapt their language to the specifics of the ensemble - perhaps they could only count on musicians who have an above-standard relationship with contemporary music to play their works.

The conductor of the evening and the founder of Ostrava Days, Petr Kotík, described the program as an "authentic manifestation of the creators of the new generation". This was perhaps most evident in the fact that we heard five distinctive compositions, each of which had its own aesthetic and means. It was obvious that the selected authors think about form, how to deal with traditional linear, teleological procedures, and that they more or less count on the influence of the listener's perception. Work with silence, detail, subtlety was also a frequent element. It is of course not enough for us to be able to generalize and try to define the style of the new generation on the basis of what we heard - as a demonstration of some paths in contemporary work and approaches to the parameters of time and sound, the evening worked, although nothing outright radical sounded.

Lucia Maloveská, KlasikaPlus.cz | the whole article (in Czech) can be found here >>>

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