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BBC Proms validate music for video games

The BBC Proms offered for the first time a concert dedicated exclusively to music composed for video games. This past Monday, 1 August, the BBC Proms held its first ever concert dedicated exclusively to music composed for video games at London’s Royal Albert Hall. As in the film industry, video…

Pierre Boulez exhibition at the BnF in Paris

The Bibliothèque Nationale de France is extending until 6 November “J’ai horreur du souvenir”, its exhibition dedicated to the figure of Pierre Boulez. In June, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) in Paris opened an exhibition dedicated to Pierre Boulez (1925-2016), one of the most influential figures in 20th century…

“Hadrian”: Wainwright’s operatic consecration

Madrid’s Teatro Real offers the European premiere of “Hadrian”, the second opera by international pop music star Rufus Wainwright. Known mainly for his pop music career, the Canadian-American composer Rufus Wainwright (Rhinebeck, 1973) announced in 2008 his intention to gradually abandon the musical field in which he made his name…

Raquel García-Tomás, at Castell Peralada Festival

A  programme at the Festival Castell Peralada will offer three pieces by Spanish composer Raquel García-Tomás. The Spanish composer Raquel García-Tomás (Barcelona, 1984), winner in 2020 of the Spanish National Music Prize in the Composition category, will be the star of a concert at the Castell Peralada Festival this Wednesday….

Kaija Saariaho, guest of honour at Musica

Kaija Saariaho will be the guest of honour at the 40th edition of Musica, the Strasbourg festival for avant-garde music. The Musica Festival, the annual meeting of avant-garde music in Strasbourg, is celebrating its 40th edition this year, from Thursday 15 September to 2 October. Created in 1983 on the…

“Best Out of Three”, by Philip Glass

Today sees the release on all digital platforms of “Best Out of Three”, the first recording of a piece by the proto-minimalist Philip Glass. Initially appeared on bandcamp a few weeks ago, today Best Out of Three, the recent and unique recording of a distant piece by the proto-minimalist Philip…

Hildur Guðnadóttir premieres at BBC Proms

Iceland’s Hildur Guðnadóttir premieres “The Fact of the Matter” at the BBC Proms. Icelandic composer Hildur Guðnadóttir presents The Fact of the Matter, the fifteen-minute composition commissioned by the BBC as part of the 2022 BBC Proms programme, tomorrow, 20 July, at 19:30 at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The piece…

Composer Per Nørgård turns 90 today

Danish composer Per Nørgård turns 90 today. The Danish composer Per Nørgård (Gentofte, 1932) turns ninety today, 13 July. He is considered one of the most outstanding living composers, with a prolific orchestral oeuvre of over three hundred works, including eight symphonies and several operas, such as Labyrinten (1963), Gilgamesh…

50th anniversary of the premiere of “Taverner”

It is fifty years since the premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera “Taverner”. On 12 July 1972, Taverner, the most popular of the operas (along with The Lighthouse) by the enfant terrible of British culture Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (Salford, England, 1934-Hoy, Scotland, 2016), premiered at London’s Covent Garden….

Pascal Dusapin premieres new opera at Aix Festival

Pascal Dusapin premieres his tenth opera, “Il Viaggio, Dante” at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. The Aix-en-Provence International Festival of Lyric Art is one of the great European lyric festivals. Its 2022 edition began on Monday 4th and will run until Saturday 23rd July. But tomorrow, Friday 8th, will be one of…

Liceu premieres four Catalan micro operas

This weekend sees the premiere of the four micro-operas of the Liceu’s project “(Oh!)pera”. This weekend the Gran Teatre del Liceu is launching its (Òh!)pera project, in which four Catalan composers will premiere small-scale operas, each lasting half an hour. There are four performances, on Saturday the 9th at 17:00…

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