Often when an important new work by a young Flemish composer causes a furore abroad, its premiere in Flanders can be a year or more afterwards. According to the members of the renowned Trio Accanto, Stefan Prins’ Mirror Box is ‘one of the best works we’ve played’, so this concert is an absolute must. And as icing on the cake, you’ll also hear what international figureheads Aperghis and Schöllhorn have composed for the energetic combination of saxophone, piano and percussion.
Pauline Driesen, 19:45
Georges Aperghis is a Greek composer born in Athens in 1945, he has lived and worked in Paris since 1963. His concert music includes a large series of instrument or vocal solo pieces (among them is his masterpiece Récitations, 1978), introducing theatrical elements here and there, sometimes purely gestural. His chamber music, either orchestral, vocal, or instrumental, is rich of many pieces composed for a wide variety of performing ensembles. His opera works, a third domain of activity, may be considered a synthesis of his musical theater and concert music; here, the text is the unifying and decisive element, and the singing voice is the main vector of expression. (Photo: Xavier Lambours)
Born in 1962, Schöllhorn studied with Klaus Huber, Emanuel Nunes and Mathias Spahlinger and musical analysis with Peter Förtig. He also attended conducting courses with Peter Eötvös. His music is performed by many international Soloists, Ensembles and Orchestras like Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble musikFabrik, etc. Johannes Schöllhorns music has a wide range of genres from chamber music, vocal music and orchestra music to music for theatre.
In his compositional work, Stefan Prins seeks to critique received convention, to break the framework of the usual, and dispose of aesthetic axioms. He envisions a musical art form beyond the safe confines of the “scene”, wherein the connection to the larger cultural discourse has gotten lost.