Tag Archives: Helmut Lachenmann

Happy New Year!

Last year I put to­gether a lengthy look at good stuff I’d seen, heard and read. To close this year, here are some much briefer notes on some of the best things I en­countered in the last 12 months. Richard Craig, Inward — Without a doubt the best disc of new music I’ve heard this year, […]

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Journal Article: ‘Into the Lion’s Den’

Information about ‘Into the Lion’s Den: Helmut Lachenmann at 75’ an art­icle by Chris Swithinbank pub­lished in the July issue of the modern music journal Tempo.

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A Structure of Physicalities

Ahead of Trio Atem’s per­form­ance at Kings Place next week, I thought I would share this essay on the work which brought them to­gether: Helmut Lachenmann’s temA. It is a work that I ima­gine will have been a ref­er­ence point or at least in the backs of com­posers’ minds as they wrote for the wonderful […]

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A Talk About Helmut Lachenmann’s Gran Torso For those of you in Manchester, I am giving a talk with the won­derful Quatuor Danel this Thursday on Lachenmann’s first string quartet, Gran Torso. The talk runs from 14:30 to 16:00 at the University of Manchester (map), but is pre­ceded at 13:10 by a free lunch­time concert […]

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2010: A Miscellany

As the end of the year ap­proaches, here are some of the best things that I have read, seen and heard in the past twelve months. Two major, large-scale per­form­ances this au­tumn made an im­pact on me. The London Sinfonietta’s con­cert of Lachenmann at the Southbank Centre in October was one. I already knew the […]

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    Chris Swithinbank is a British-Dutch com­poser who works with both acoustic in­stru­ments and elec­tronic sounds. He is cur­rently a stu­dent at Harvard University with Chaya Czernowin.
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