6 - 10 September 2017 From classical crossover and minimal soundscapes to modern composition with (live) electronics. Gaudeamus Muziekweek presents the newest music by young music pioneers during the eponymous and highly renowned music festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
“Why do requiems always have just one Lacrimosa, the appeal for eternal peace for poor sinners? It expresses everything composers want to tell, which for me makes it the most beautiful part of a requiem”, says Maxim Shalygin. His own Lacrimosa, commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music, consists of nothing less than thirteen smaller Lacrimosas. The titles say something about the images that the old Latin mass texts conjure up in Shalygin’s mind: Light, Prayer, Melancholy, the Sound of Death, Dance, Birds, and Nothing.
During the very first episode of Composer on Stage, Maxim Shalygin will literally be on stage; he will be interviewed and tell about his music and his sources of inspiration. The audience also sits on stage in the Grote Zaal, to be as close to the music as possible. The interview, the video and audio fragments, and the interplay between guest and interviewer remove the last visible wall between you, the musicians, and the music. All this results in an intense and unforgettable experience.
Lacrimosa is performed by Shapeshift, the brand-new ensemble consisting of composers Maxim Shalygin, Christiaan Richter, Janco Verduin, Reze Namavar, Jan-Peter de Graaff, and percussionist Konstantyn Napolov. The ensemble was founded to perform new works in close collaboration with young composers. Shapeshift produces exceptional and uncommon musical productions and combines quality, adventure, excitement, experiment, tradition, and uninhibited freshness with a sharp, artistic vision.
Maxim Shalygin – Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs (commissioned by Gaudeamus Muziekweek and November Music)