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  • Seminar Room 1 3 Conservatory Drive Singapore Singapore (map)

CHEN ZHANGYI presenter

Through the soundtracks of Stanley Kubrick's films, such as 2001: Space Odyssey (1968), The Shining (1980), and Eyes Wide Shut (1999), we catch glimpses of Ligeti's ingenuity as one of the most iconic modern composers of our times. Imagine the ethereal choral textures of Lux Aeterna; the distant and shifting orchestral sound clouds in Lontano; and the ominously recurring semitone from the of Musica Ricercata, II. Ligeti's music often enthrall listeners through his simplicity of means in achieving musical ends that are often thoroughly original, striking, and expressive.

In Atmosphères, as with his other works, Ligeti elegantly created a confluence between a compositional ideal and how the music actually sounds. Ligeti himself had described the hidden structures of the work as "microscopic" and of an "underwater world", in this seminar, we will attempt to unravel the mysteries within.

Following last season's performance of Ligeti's Ramifications for 12 string soloists by OpusNovus, the Conservatory Orchestra presents Ligeti's Atmosphères on 4th November 2017, conducted by Assoc Prof. Jason Lai.

The music of Chen Zhangyi has been described by BBC Radio 3 as “music from a voice of the future.” His dramatic works explore the musical representation of local urbanism, vernacular language and culture. In his other works, nature is often a source of inspiration, such as Rain Tree, and 'of an ethereal symphony' commissioned by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra for their 2016 Europe tour. Zhangyi is a recipient of the Young Artist Award (National Arts Council), and currently serves as Assistant Professor of Analysis and Composition at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music.


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