Budapest Autumn Festival
A concert by UMZE Chamber Ensemble, Amadinda Percussion Group and Gabriella Fodor
Italian Institute of Culture
H-1088 Budapest, VIII. Bródy Sándor u. 8.
14. October 2007. / 7:30 PM
Edgard Varèse: Octandre

- intermission -

Mauricio Kagel: Rrrrrrr...
Orchestrion Straat
UMZE Chamber Ensemble, Amadinda Percussion Group, Gabriella Fodor - voice
conducted by: Zoltán Rácz

The UMZE Ensemble took its name from the New Hungarian Music Society that operated for a single season in 1911 at the initiative of Bartók and Kodály. It made its first appearance ten years ago at the Budapest Autumn Festival. For this anniversary concert the ensemble has selected from the works of two legendary musical revolutionaries of the 20th century. The first part of the concert focuses on Edgard Varèse [1883-1965], a contemporary of Bartók. The works based on unusual tone colours and rhythmic structures still sound surprisingly modern but at the time of their first performance they challenged the traditional concept of musical sound and structure more radically than any known music of the period. While Varése questioned the nature of the substance of European music, in his compositions Mauricio Kagel [1931], the Argentinean composer living in Germany, targeted principally the views of traditional musical aesthetics.

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