ensemble proton bern

  • conductor Matthias Kuhn
  • flute Bettina Berger
  • lupophone Martin Bliggenstorfer
  • clarinet Richard Haynes
  • contraforte Elise Jacoberger
  • harp Vera Schnider
  • piano Samuel Fried
  • violin Maximilian Haft
  • violoncello Jan-Filip Ťupa

brit pop

Monday 22. October 2018, 7.30 pm • Schlachthaus Theater Bern

Tuesday 23. October 2018, 8.00 pm • Gare du Nord

Klingende Analyse von Referent Thomas Meyer zu „Secret Theatre“

Birtwistle, Harrison (*1934)

Secret Theatre (1984) 28'

Rushton, Edward (*1972)

Neues Werk (2018) 15' UA, com

This programme is dedicated to British music represented by works from two generations. In 1984, Harrison Birtwistle wrote “Secret Theatre”, a work that was conceptually inspired by Robert Graves’ poem of the same name: it describes the night and all of its incomprehensible processes. A cantus firmus is placed in the foreground, accompanied by the constant, unshakeable continuum of world order. The secrets behind “Secret Theatre” will be illuminated by Thomas Meyer’s sonic analysis, a long-standing collaboration about which we are overjoyed!

The work of British-born and Zurich-based Edward Rushton has a strong connection to music theatre: many new operas of his have been performed at important establishments. A perfect opportunity to commission him for a new work inspired by “Secret Theatre”! To quote Rushton: “To share the concert programme with “Secret Theatre” by Birtwistle is great honour. This piece blew me away when I first heard it 25 years ago at the Aldeburgh Festival. Birtwistle represents for me the pinnacle of British new music composition: he is something of a god, be he although somewhat stern. This doesn’t however make me any less keen on sharing this programme with him, for I would like to compose something that renders any comparison unnecessary.