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Happy New Ears

This workshop/concert is dedicated to Lucia Ronchetti, following on from the world premiere of her opera Inferno, which was commissioned by  Oper and Schauspiel Frankfurt. Ronchetti, one of the leading Italian composers today, presents three of her own works. Cartilago auris, magna et irregulariter formata is for a concert grand that sounds as it would have done to Beethoven. It is played by a pianist and two other musicians who create interesting sounds on the strings. They represent Dr. Johann Wagner and the pathologist Carl von Rokitansky, who examined various composers on March 27 1827 to try and find out why they went deaf. In Le Palais du silence the composer takes up a work which Debussy planned, but never composed. There is a double meaning, to track down the sound of silence: the deathly stillness, which rules in the palace in the title which is destroyed by the intruding sounds of nature, and the silence of the non composed work. In Rosso pompeiano instrumentalists take on the role of travelling tradesmen in squares in Naples. The title embraces the ochre colour houses in ancient Pompeii were painted with.

Wednesday May 27 2020, Frankfurt University for Music and the Performing Arts, main hall

Portrait: Lucia Ronchetti

Cartilago auris, magna et irregulariter formata (2019)
Le Palais du silence. Drammaturgia after Claude Debussy (2013)
Rosso pompeiano. Scherzo for Ensemble (2010)

Peter Tilling conductor
Lucia Ronchetti composer
Konrad Kuhn moderation

HfMDK Frankfurt, Großer Saal
Eschersheimer Landstraße 29, 60322 Frankfurt am Main

John Cage's special greeting to see in the new year lends its name to this wonderful series of workshop concerts, of which there have been well over 100, which was brought to life by the Ensemble Modern and Oper Frankfurt in 1993. The series continues this season, with our new partner the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Frankfurt - who became involved in 2019/20, with four more »Happy New Ears« events. These begin with a homage to the Canadian composer Claude Vivier, who was murdered, aged 34,  in 1983, building a bridge Frankfurt's Book Trade Fair's 2021 country of honour.  Two of the remaining three concerts are dedicated to the Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen, with whom the Ensemble Modern are in close and regular contact, and the South Korean composer Unsuk Chin.