7 Nov – 15 Nov 2017

BANNER : Melos-Étos

Music After 2010 and the Ensembles...

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Melos-Ethos 2015 will be a festival of contemporary music in the true sense: its fundamental idea is to present works that are at most 5 years old.

The time is ripe for Melos Ethos to be not just a platform for catching up on what we missed out on during our 40-year stay behind the Iron Curtain, and instead to be a review of what is happening in the contemporary world of art music.

From this, the second key dramaturgic line of the Festival follows almost automatically. The absolute prevalence of ensemble concerts is understandable if we consider developments since the 1960s and ’70s. That was when composers began to move away from symphony orchestras in favour of more flexible specialised ensembles, which offer a diverse instrumental line-up filled by top-class musicians. This trend has continued to the present day. The festival presents the best that the domestic scene offers, including the resident Melos Ethos Ensemble, Quasars Ensemble, and Mucha Quartet. There is also (somewhat untraditionally) the baroque ensemble Solamente Naturali, and there are interesting guests from abroad: the outstanding Belgian quintet Het Collectief and the Korean Ensemble TIMF.

Another perceptible feature of the Festival’s dramaturgy, which arose more or less spontaneously in the creation of the programme, is its accent on the work of Asian composers, among whom the name of Toshia Hosokawu comes to the forefront. Another of the trends which cannot be overlooked on the contemporary music scene of recent decades...

It is, however, Slovak composers who will have the strongest representation in the current year’s programme. Their generational span will be wide, as will the diversity of aesthetic orientations. The great majority of these works were initiated by the Festival and will be performed as premieres, and an attractive opportunity will be opened up for confronting them with current world production and also for their penetration into the repertoires of foreign ensembles.

Needless to say, the festival is not only about ensembles: there is an assured place in the dramaturgy for multimedia projects, dramatic performances in the Slovak National Theatre, and a series of accompanying events.


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Updated: 21. 10. 2016