The Contemporary Music Research Unit and PureGold present the final concert in the term-long Treatise Project, performed by the Ligeti Quartet.
Indeterminacy in music loosens the composer’s control, thereby expanding the performer’s role and licensing greater-than-normal degrees of legitimate variation between renditions. Even so, this music is rarely presented in ways that highlight these features. The Treatise Project has aimed to address this gap by bringing together differing interpretations of the same excerpt from Cornelius Cardew’s monumental graphic score 'Treatise'.
This evening’s concert is the culmination of The Treatise Project and the final event in PureGold. It features six performances of 'Treatise' pages 115–126, including one presented by the Ligeti Quartet, played one after another. Previous concerts have highlighted individual performers playing 'Treatise' pages 115–126 alongside other materials.
The Ligeti Quartet (Goldsmiths Ensemble-in-Residence) have been at the forefront of modern and contemporary music since their formation in 2010. They've established a reputation of breaking new ground through innovative programming, and championing of today’s most exciting composers and artists. They perform at landmark venues around the world (including Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Barbican Hall, and Kings Place) and also regularly escape the concert stage to appear at museums, galleries, theatres, pubs, in an IMAX Theatre, on a fishing boat, in a cave, and on iceberg sculptures as part of a Greenpeace campaign. They've collaborated with artists from all types of musical backgrounds including Anna Meredith, Laura Jurd, Seb Rochford (Polar Bear), Shabaka Hutchings, Shed 7 and Submotion Orchestra.
Image: Cornelius Cardew 'Treatise' EP7560. 1970, assigned to Peters Edition Ltd. Reproduced by permission and photo of the Ligeti Quartet by Mike Massaro.
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