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Ensemble Proton Bern

  • conductor Matthias Kuhn
  • speaker Thomas Meyer
  • flute Bettina Berger
  • lupophone Martin Bliggenstorfer
  • clarinet Richard Haynes
  • contraforte Elise Jacoberger
  • french horn Deepa Goonetilleke
  • trumpet Friederike Huy
  • trombone Jon Roskilly
  • harp Vera Schnider
  • piano Coco Samuel Fried
  • percussion Brian Archinal
  • violin Daniella Strasfogel
  • violin Alicja Pilarczyk
  • viola Laurent Camatte
  • violoncello Jan-Filip Ťupa
  • double bass Szymon Marciniak

brit pop

Monday 22. October 2018, 7.30 pm

Tuesday 23. October 2018, 8.00 pm

Klingende Analyse von Referent Thomas Meyer zu „Secret Theatre“

Birtwistle, Harrison (*1934)

Secret Theatre (1984)

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Rushton, Edward (*1972) Edward Rushton

oo – his own eyes (2018) UA, com

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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.