Re­mem­ber­ing a new mu­sic mas­ter

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PRINT­ING HOUSE NEW MU­SIC FES­TI­VAL Print­ing House, Trin­ity Col­lege, Dublin Sat, Sun Var­i­ous times Adm free This week­end’s Print­ing House New Mu­sic Fes­ti­val com­mem­o­rates the 20th an­niver­sary of the death of Mor­ton Feld­man (above), a com­poser who prob­a­bly wrote more quiet mu­sic than any­one in his­tory. He was a mas­ter of the minute ges­ture and, par­tic­u­larly to­wards the end of his life, was renowned for the sheer length of his works.

The fes­ti­val fea­tures the early solo per­cus­sion piece The King of Den­mark of 1964, and the Trio for vi­o­lin, cello and pi­ano of 1980. The Ir­ish pre­mière of the 80-minute Trio will be given by Ja­panese pi­anist Aki Taka­hashi (one of Feld­man’s favourite per­form­ers), with Cana­dian vi­o­lin­ist Marc Sa­bat (who also fea­tures as a com­poser) and cel­list Rohan de Saram. The fes­ti­val pro­grammes will trace “the me­an­der­ing strands of his in­flu­ence” in the work of a wide range of com­posers.

The fes­ti­val’s seven con­certs will also in­clude new pieces from Seán Clancy, Don­nacha Den­nehy and Aen­gus Ó Maoláin, and the Dublin Gui­tar Quar­tet will pre­miere 25 new one-minute pieces from the mem­bers of the Young Com­posers’ Col­lec­tive. Ad­mis­sion to all con­certs is free, but book­ing, at www.print­ing­house fes­ti­val.com, is ad­vised. MICHAEL DER­VAN

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