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British Premiere of Marko Nikodijevic‘s “music box / self portrait with ligeti and stravinsky [messiaen is also present]“

During the course of the “New Music Show“ on 8 December 2013 in London the ensemble music “music box / self portrait with ligeti and stravinsky [messiaen is also present]“ by Marko Nikodijevic given its British premiere. The London Sinfonietta will present the work under the direction of Baldur Brönnimann in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

The composer comments on “music box / self portrait with ligeti and stravinsky [messiaen is also present]“:
“The composition was designed and realised using digital technology. The computer was used as a tool for developing, investigating and testing possible compositional scenarios. A fractal self-replicating model generates all the notes. Another algorithm generates structural models that process this endless stream of information into known syntactical models, and thus echoes of Ligeti, Stravinsky and Messiaen shine through the score but the presence of these ‘musicks’ is an illusion created by the computer. What we ‘hear’ is actually not ‘present’, just a ‘random’ crossing of data, a ‘butterfly effect’ trick on our perception. The title ‘music box / self portrait with ligeti and stravinsky (messiaen is also present)’ refers to this innate mechanicity of the compositional procedure, the composition being a ‘cookbook’, or a ‘music box’ of some compositional techniques of the XXth century music. Also it was my attempt to somehow ‘get rid’ of this Ligeti/Stravinsky inferiority complex.”

The work was composed in 2000/2001 and received its world premiere on 1 September 2003 performed by soloists of the “Gaudeamus Music Week” and the Nieuw Ensemble conducted by Jurjen Hempel in Amsterdam.

8 December 2013
London
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Main Stage, 6 PM
British premiere: Marko Nikodijevic
“music box / self portrait with ligeti and stravinsky [messiaen is also present]“ for ensemble
London Sinfonietta
Baldur Brönnimann (direction)

 

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