Remembering a new music master
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