Piano keys © Christopher Smith
Fr, 22/03/2019, 20:00 Uhr


MaerzMusik 2019

In 1975, the American composer and pianist Frederic Rzewski (*1938) put the song in the centre of a large piece of piano variations: one of the most impressive piano compositions of the last century, performed by the composer himself.
The second part of the opening concert is dedicated to a rarely performed master of spectral music, Horaţiu Rădulescu (1942–2008). With “Clepsydra” MaerzMusik presents a work for 16 performers with „Sound Icons“, piano-turned-string-instruments that were invented by Rădulescu himself. An entrancing sonic plasma, whose timelessness contrasts suggestively with the precise organization of Rzewski’s piano opus.

  • Frederic Rzewski: »The People United Will Never Be Defeated« 36 Variations on “El pueblo unido jamás será vencido” (1975)
  • Horațiu Rădulescu: »Clepsydra« für 16 Spieler mit Sound Icons, op. 47 (1981/82)

Frederic Rzewski, Klavier


  • Haus der Berliner Festspiele
  • Schaperstr. 24, Berlin