Ligeti’s Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes

Saturday 21 April, Sunday 22 April & Saturday 28 April 2018
11.00, 13.00 & 15.00
Reading Room
Free, booking essential

György Ligeti (1923–2006) was one of the 20th century's greatest avant-garde composers, with a particular focus on textures. One of his recurring styles was 'meccanico music', where the instruments imitate clocks ticking, but all at different speeds.

The most extreme version of this is his Poème Symphonique, composed in 1962 for 100 metronomes. The metronomes are all set off at the same time at different speeds and gradually stop once they have run down. At the beginning, this gives a cloud-like sound cluster, but later on you can begin to hear individual metronomes, sounding much more like clocks.

These performances take place in the Reading Room, which is temporarily reopening for the festival. In the place where countless famous readers studied, reflect on the relationship of time, knowledge, arts and spiritual echo.

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