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London Sinfonietta Listening Guides: View All

As part of a series, our listening guides offer you an in-depth exploration of works from key contemporary composers including Georg Friedrich Haas, Thomas Ades and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Philip Cashian, composer and Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music explores the nuances of these pieces, guiding the listener through the music, highlighting examples of what to listen out for. Dive in.

Listening Guide: In Seven Days

Thomas Ades: In Seven Days

A London Sinfonietta co-commission, In Seven Days was originally conceived
as a work for solo piano and orchestra with video projections and
is based on the story of the creation as described in the Book of Genesis. 

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Listening Guide: Haas' In Vain

Georg Friedrich Haas: in vain

Georg Friedrich Haas' in vain is a monumental piece lasting 70 minutes.
With countless transformations and explorations of timbre,
harmonic manipulation, shifts of tempo, throbbing rhythms and
pure sonic ingenuity, Philip Cashian dissects the complex piece.

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Listening Guide: Thalleïn

Iannis Xenakis: Thalleïn

Iannis Xenakis’ Thalleïn is a 1984 work commissioned by the London Sinfonietta.
Find out more about this richly structured piece with
our in-depth audio guide by Philip Cashian,composer and
Head of Composition at the Royal Academy of Music.

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Listening Guide: ...da un Divertimento

Salvatore Sciarrino: ...da un Divertimento

In October 2016, we performed music by enigmatic
Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino, including da un Divertimento, 
Sciarrino’s first piece for instrumental ensemble.
Philip Cashian dives into the work, guiding you through
the music, highlighting what to listen out for. 

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Listening Guide: Workers Union

Louis Adriessen: Workers Union

This twenty minute piece from Dutch composer Louis Adriessen 
is scored for any loud sounding group of instruments and is one of
his most performed pieces. Philip Cashian explores its unique
instrumentation and strong political message in this audio guide.

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Karlheinz Stockhausen: Trans

Karlheinz Stockhausen: Trans

Dive into Trans by Stockhausen and explore the multitude
of musical layers at play in this piece
as Phil Cashian guides you through the music.

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Beat Furrer: Fama

Beat Furrer: Fama

Listen to a playlist specially curated by composer Beat Furrer
that reflects the music that inspires him as a composer and use
Philip Cashian's detailed analysis to guide you through the
21st masterwork that is Furrer's theatrical FAMA.

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Published: 15 Jan 2019