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Played by the picture of Nobody

Great Hall (K0.64)
Other, Performance/Concert
19/10/2016 (19:00-20:45)

Part of the Arts and Humanities Festival 2016

Presented by the Department of Music 

This event is open to all and free to attend, but booking is required via eventbrite.

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Played by the picture of Nobody: a recital of solos, duos & trios

Listening to the expressive interplay of simultaneously unfolding melodies tends to make us oblivious to the material source of the sounds. The solos, duos, and trios in this concert feature pairs of violins, trumpets, double basses and pianos, or single instruments playing pairs of lines. Submerged in the interactions between distinct, yet inseparable, musical lines,  as for Shakespeare’s Trinculo in The Tempest, the music magically becomes disembodied and we find ourselves enthralled by the ‘tune of our catch, played by the picture of Nobody’.

The ensemble Lontano conducted by Odaline de la Martinez, and the Tali-Varbanow Piano Duo will perform a programme that includes Harrison Birtwistle’s Five Little Antiphonies for Amelia for two trumpets and Harrison’s Clocks (1 & 4) for piano; Silvina Milstein’s In a bowl of grey-blue leaves for two pianos and a thousand golden bells in the breeze for harp and two double basses; Rob Keeley’s Fiestas for two pianos; George Benjamin’s Three Miniatures for Solo Violin; as well as world premieres of compositions by Rob Keeley and Silvina Milstein.


Harrison Birtwistle   Five Little Antiphonies for Amelia
                                     (2 mins) for two trumpets

Silvina Milstein         while your sound lingered on in lions and rocks ...
                                     (10 mins) (PREMIERE) for two trumpets and harp

Rob Keeley                 Six Duos
                                     (10 mins) (PREMIERE)

George Benjamin      Piano Figures
                                     (14 mins) for piano

Silvina Milstein          in a bowl of grey-blue leaves ...
                                      for two pianos (11 mins)

INTERVAL (15 mins)

Silvina Milstein           a thousand golden bells in the breeze
                                      (17 mins) for harp and two double basses

George Benjamin        Three miniatures for Solo Violin
                                        (7 mins)

Harrison Birtwistle      Harrison's Clocks II & IV
                                        (10 mins) for piano

Rob Keeley                    Fiestas
                                        (13 mins) for two pianos

trumpets: Torbjorn Hultmark and Bruce Nockles
harp: Helen Tunstall
violins: Caroline Balding and Ruth Ehrlich
double basses: Adam Wynter and David Brown


George Benjamin is one of the outstanding composers of his generation. He currently holds the Henry Purcell Chair of Composition at King’s. His opera Written on Skin has been greeted by universal praise, recorded on CD and DVD and won several major awards and prizes.

Harrison Birtwistle is widely regarded as one of the leading European figures in contemporary music. His works combine modernist aesthetic with mythic power and emotional impact. He was the first Henry Purcell Professor of Composition at King’s (1995-2001).

Rob Keeley is a senior lecturer in composition at King’s. He studied composition with Oliver Knussen at the Royal College of Music, with Bernard Rose and Robert Saxton at Oxford and later with Franco Donatoni.

Silvina Milstein is Professor of Music at King’s. Her music has been played by some of the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles, including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lontano, the London Sinfonietta, and the Endellion String Quartet. Her chamber music has been recorded by Lontano and issued by LORELT.

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