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.
Dutch percussionist Thorwald Jørgensen is one of the very few musicians in the world who dedicates himself to the theremin. He carefully collects all repertoire for this first fully electronical instrument, which was invented in 1919 by the Russian Leo Theremin, and he encourages composers to write new works for it. This afternoon he is performing with the Utrecht String Quartet. Together they will play a brand-new commissioned composition for string quartet and theremin by Simon Bertrand, Dalit Hadass Warshaws Transformation and his own composition debut Distant Shores.
Seven years after the invention of the theremin, the futuristic Russian Aleksandr Mosolov wrote his first string quartet. The Utrecht String Quartet combines this intriguing, mechanic and dissonant work with three Russian mute films from the 1920s. The four movements from Mosolov’s string quartet are woven throughout the concert. The string quartet by Sky Macklay is also full of mechanically played phrases gone wild, which will resolve in idle drones in the middle of the piece – almost as a theremin quartet.
Thorwald Jørgensen, theremin