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Between the (y)Ears – Ret Frem

Ret Frem Ensemble brings the cutting edge of European music to Waterloo.

In the 1970s, composers writing at IRCAM in Paris pioneered a new technique of composition: ‘Spectralism’ took the computer analysis of acoustic sounds as its starting point and produced some of the most imaginative and inspiring music of the late 20th Century. Forty years on and the international influence of trailblazing composers Gérard Grisey and Tristan Murail is still very much evident.

WATERLOO: WE NEED EU! features the exciting UK premiere of a duet for Flute and Cello by Murail (“Une lettre du Vincent”), and includes Grisey’s remarkable ANOUBIS-NOUT, an unusual solo for Contrabass Clarinet. Alongside these works, we programme pieces by international composers inspired by French spectralism, including Kaija Saariaho and Isabel Mundry. We have commissioned new work by young composers Frej Wedlund and Will Handysides and present the premiere performances this November.

PROGRAMME (*UK Premiere | **World Premiere):

Gerard GRISEY | Anubis-Nout
Tristan MURAIL | Une lettre du Vincent *
Isabel MUNDRY/Brice PAUSET | Die Vorüberlaufenden *
Kaija SAARIAHO | Noanoa
Luciano BERIO | Sequenza for Oboe
Thea MUSGRAVE | Impromptu No. 2
Will HANDYSIDES | New commission **
Frej WEDLUND | New commission **

Jenni Hogan | Flutes
Abi Heath | Clarinets
Joe Harper | Oboe, Cor Anglais
Fraser Bowles | Cello

Generously supported by Arts Council England and Diaphonique.

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