Piano Songs in Concert

16 February 2024

20:00 – 21:00

Minimalist simplicity and rich expression in Meredith Monk's renowned piano duet.

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A special evening concert at the Oude Kerk featuring Meredith Monk's renowned Piano Songs. The duet will be performed by the young talented pianists Gianmarco Moneti and Alessandra di Gennaro. Monk is best known as a composer of groundbreaking vocal music and her unique approach to the human voice. For over 50 years, she has explored the voice as a standalone instrument. This cycle by Monk is based on previously composed vocal music written between 1971-2006. Before Monk began composing music for the voice, she, as a music student, wrote short piano studies inspired by examples from famous composers such as Mompou, Satie, and Bartók. In her piano music, directness, purity, asymmetry, and especially transparency are key elements.

*After the concert, the retrospective exhibition Meredith Monk: Calling will be on view. Read more about the exhibition here.

Programme


Folkdance (1996)
urban march (shadow) (2001)
Ellis Island (1981)
Phantom Waltz (1989)
Railroad (Travel Song) (1981)
Paris (1972)
Window in 7s (1986)
Trekking (1994/2014)
Quarry Waltz (1976)
Bells/Chorale Excerpt from Steppe Music (1997)
Phantom Strings (2005)
St. Petersburg Waltz (1993)
totentanz (2006)
Parlour Games (1988)
Obsolete Objects (1996) (encore)

Oude Kerk Silence 48 Meredith Monk Piano Songs 10 low res foto Maarten Nauw

Programma

Folkdance (1996)
urban march (shadow) (2001)
Ellis Island (1981)
Phantom Waltz (1989)
Railroad (Travel Song) (1981)
Paris (1972)
Window in 7s (1986)
Trekking (1994/2014)
Quarry Waltz (1976)
Bells/Chorale Excerpt from Steppe Music (1997)
Phantom Strings (2005)
St. Petersburg Waltz (1993)
totentanz (2006)
Parlour Games (1988)
Obsolete Objects (1996) (encore)