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A Film Music War Requiem

London Sinfonietta and countertenor Andrew Watts perform music by featured composer Olga Neuwirth, including her Requiem, with the silent film that inspired it.

Saturday 10 June, 11am

From £6.00 to £24.00

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival season

Programme to include:

Olga Neuwirth Five Daily Miniatures 9’;
…morphologische Fragmente… 11’;
Maudite soit la guerre – A Film Music War Requiem (UK premiere) 48’


London Sinfonietta
Gerry Cornelius conductor
Andrew Watts countertenor

Olga Neuwirth’s War Requiem takes as its starting point not poetry or sacred texts, but a silent film – a prophetic anti-war parable made in France just one month before the outbreak of the Great War. Performed to the backdrop of the film, Neuwirth’s score, she says, ‘brushes against the grain’ in the spirit of the Viennese satirist Karl Kraus. In two shorter works, Goethe and Gertrude Stein serve as jumping-off points for a composer who regularly questions shared cultural memories.