I’m flagging up this interesting collaboration on behalf of trumpeter Simon Desbruslais, a recent Meet the Artist interviewee……
On Monday 8th October, Simon will be performing with the Ligeti Quartet at Holywell Music Room, Oxford, in two works for the unusual combination of trumpet and string quartet. Both pieces are new commissions, and receive their world premiere on Monday evening: Quintet for Trumpet and Strings (2009) by Robert Keeley, and Simultaneously Sovereign and Invaded (2011) by his student, Steve Hicks. Completing the cycle, music by Keeley’s former composition teacher, Franco Donatoni, will also feature with works for solo trumpet and viola.
The concert will also feature music by Gyorgy Ligeti, including his Poeme Symphonique (1962) for 100 clockwork metronomes. If you have a clockwork metronome, the Ligeti Quartet would love to hear from you. Go along to the concert, and in exchange for the loan of your metronome, you will receive a free ticket.
This promises to be fascinating and unusual evening of music. Further information about the concert here
My Meet the Artist interview with Simon Desbruslais
I went to a concert/talk at the Holywell Music Rooms in about 2002 on Chopin, given by the wonderful Jack Gibbons, who suffered a terrible accident smashing his arm but making an amazing recovery. He could certainly play that night. From his talk on the press and critical reaction to Chopin in his own time, this remained in my mind: a critic declaring that Chopin had no talent and would go out of fashion quickly. Whoops!