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How does the newest generation of composers and musicians view the work of the pioneers of postwar European music? In four free lunch concerts held in the passageway of the Rijksmuseum, students from the Royal Conservatoire will play work inspired by compositions from two great composers featured in this year’s festival, Poul Ruders and Olga Neuwirth.
The seven deadly sins were the starting point for a new composition by seven students (under the supervision of Yannis Kyriakides) from the Royal Conservatoire. They took inspiration from the work of the Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth, who has several compositions being performed at the festival this year, including her new and biggest work, Le Encantadas. The students examined Neuwirth’s idea about a ‘romantic’ science and the study of human depravity in the work of Elfriede Jelinek, Neuwirth’s kindred spirit and working partner. Each of the seven deadly sins is given a metaphorical interpretation in music that is acoustic, electronic and theatrical.
The work is being performed by a new ensemble from the Conservatoire, Catchpenny – formed in 2015 by a group of students from the composition department, most of whom also collaborated on the making of Vice Verses. Also involved in this project are two students from the Conservatoire’s T.I.M.E. music theatre faculty.
This performance was previously announced under the title The Pessimists.