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World-famous Hungarians

Within the concert: Podium-conversation of Music historian, Gergely Fazekas and Peter Eötvös Composer, conductor and professor
Péter Eötvös: Sirens´ Song – premiere
Béla Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussions and Celeste

Conducted by: Eötvös Péter

Concert estimated duration: 60 minutes
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The night’s programme is made even more exquisite through the podium-discussion with composer and conductor, Peter Eötvös and musicologist, Gergely Fazekas.

It is always a heart-warming sensation to see when a contemporary fellow-Hungarian slowly secures his place among the nation's great. We can bear witness to this - also in a professional sense -, when we can listen to the premiere of Peter Eötvös's new composition in the company of Béla Bartók's world-famous Music for Strings, Percussions and Celeste. You are most welcome to join us, even if you find contemporary music “difficult”, as a podium-discussion will precede the concert. Through it, we will get to know Peter Eötvös not only as a composer and a conductor but also as a profound thinker. As a little foretaste for the event, let us evoke the master’s thoughts on his new composition: For millennia, sirens - killer birds with women's heads - have been the most famous singers in mythology. My composition "Sirens' song" was inspired by three authors. According to Homer, the sirens seduced sailors with their bewitching song and then killed them. Ulysses cautiously puts wax in his ears so that he can lay eyes on but cannot hear them. Kafka suggests that the sirens cunningly fooled Ulysses because they refused to sing for him, anyway. The sirens are the muses of the underworld. Non only Joyce did they seduce but also all composers who have tried to make audible what Ulysses could never hear.

Béla Bartók was born in Nagyszentmiklós (now Transylvania) on 25 March 1881. Our concert is a tribute to his work and humanity.

 

This concert is targeted at the lovers of 20th-century and contemporary music.  It is opened with a premiering composition written and conducted by Péter Eötvös, who described his piece with the following words: „For millennia, sirens - killer birds with women’s heads - have been the most famous singers in mythology. My composition "Sirens’ song" was inspired by three authors. According to Homer, the sirens seduced sailors with their bewitching song and then killed them. Ulysses cautiously puts wax in his ears, so that he can lay eyes on but cannot hear them. Kafka suggests that the sirens cunningly fooled Ulysses because they refused to sing for him, anyway. The sirens are the muses of the underworld. Non only Joyce did they seduce but also all composers who have tried to make audible what Ulysses could never hear.” The dialogue with the sirens is perceptible in all other compositions as well: in Eötvös’ Cello Concerto Grosso, the violoncello „converses” with the other solo instruments, while in the Four Orchestral Pieces, Bartók lets himself to be seduced by Impressionism. In Cantata Profana, the orchestra will make the hall resound with the tunes of folk mythology.

„IT’S NOT EASY TO BE A COMPOSER IN TODAY’S WORLD, AS ALL OF THEM WISH THEIR WORKS TO BE KNOWN TO THE WIDEST POSSIBLE AUDIENCE, NOT ONLY TO A FEW MUSIC CRITIQUES AND MUSICOLOGISTS.  [...] THERE ARE SOME EXCEPTIONS, THOUGH. ONE OF THESE IF PETER EÖTVÖS HIMSELF, WHO IS ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR CONTEMPORARY COMPOSERS WITH GOOD REASON.” (PAPAGENO)

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