the concert will finish at 10 pm
AIVA. Britten. Mussorgsky: From the Future World
The main theme of the Orchestral series (A) 2019–2020 is inspired by compositions in which composers react in various ways to works by other composers. In this context, we must also pay attention to famous orchestrations. In the third concert of this series, we shall hear Debussy’s arrangement of the quivering Gymnopédies by Erik Satie and above all, one of the historically best-known (or most famous) orchestrations: Ravel’s orchestration of the original piano version of Pictures at an Exhibition by M. P. Mussorgsky. Ravel ensured their immortality and made them into one of the most popular compositions of the 20th century. There are various ways of dealing with inspiration or even re-working of other people’s works: it can be an homage, or an attempt to present known musical procedures in a new light. The eventual innovative result may be shocking, but may also attract a completely new type of audience. All this applies to the key item on the programme, the composition From the Future World, based on a fragment of an unfinished composition by Antonín Dvořák and created by artificial intelligence AIVA (Artificial Intelligence Virtual Artist). The system, the first ever AI given the status of a composer, finished this composition thanks to an analysis of data from all of Dvořák’s works. Whilst Dvořák had the opportunity during his life to get to know ‘the new world’, in this composition the world of the future will pay respect to him. Emmanuel Villaume will guide you through the concert in which the brilliant young Czech singer Petr Nekoranec will be the soloist in Britten’s song cycle Les illuminations.
AIVA / DVOŘÁK: From the Future World, 1st movement, Ivo Kahánek – piano