Ligeti Quartet – MELODICLES
A word coined by Lou Harrison whose 100th anniversary we hope to celebrate next year, Melodicles are short motifs or melodies which create musical coherence through the process of being played forwards, backwards and upside down. Each piece in this programme demonstates a transformation, whether it be a set of metamorphic variations in Ligeti’s first quartet to traditional throat-singing from the Republic of Tuva transformed for the medium of the string quartet by Christian Mason. Whether you are classical music, contemporary music, chamber music or world music enthusiast, this set of pieces will transport you through a world of folk song and dance, strory-telling, characters, horses, horses, horses and the vital force of the string quartet.
György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes
Christian Mason: Tuvan Songbook
Lou Harrison: Estampie, from String Quartet Set
Fodé Lassana Diabaté (arr. Jacob Garchik): Nana Triban, from Sunjata’s Time
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 5
Hall 2, Kings Place, London