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Musical Book Club #9: Tom Service on György Kurtág

An interactive discussion with writer and journalist Tom Service about composer György Kurtág.

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What is Scottish Ensemble’s Musical Book Club?

Through our Musical Book Club, we want to offer a relaxed environment to bring people together, discuss powerful works of music, and recapture some of the post-concert spirit we might otherwise enjoy over drinks after a performance!

Please note, you don’t need to have any existing technical musical knowledge to join in – this is all about sharing passion and interest!

You’re welcome to join the discussion, share thoughts and questions, or simply listen along at home.

György Kurtág (1926-)

“In Kurtág’s tiny fragments lies music of unflinching emotional and existential rawness.” – Tom Service

György Kurtág is a Hungarian composer who developed one of the most unique compositional voices of the 20th century. Known for the concentration and clarity of his short, gem-like works, “Kurtág’s fragments are about musical and, above all, expressive intensification: maximising the effect and impact of every note, every gesture.”

Guided by questions and thoughts from BBC broadcaster and writer Tom Service, and joined by Scottish Ensemble cellist Naomi Pavri, we’ll aim to open up discussion around a selection of Kurtág’s fascinating works, based on listening materials sent one week before the call.

How Can I Join In?

The Book Club will be hosted through the free video conferencing software Zoom. If you would like any assistance downloading or configuring Zoom, just let us know.

A playlist containing recordings to be discussed, along with some questions and thoughts from Tom, will be shared with participants around one week before the session.

Tickets for this event cost £5 (plus online booking fee).

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Any Questions?

If you have any further questions, feel free to write to Scott at scott.morrison@scottishensemble.co.uk.


Wed 10 Mar 2021 at 7:30 pm