Musica Ricercata

Ricercare: To search out, seek explore, study. This Italian verb gave its name to a complex instrumental composition that you might most readily associate with Bach’s The Musical Offering. One of the most far-reaching examples of this genre is the work by the Italian composer of the late Renaissance, Girolamo Frescobaldi, which opens this concert – and casts its long shadow over everything that follows. 

This concert looks down the centuries at one of the most inquisitive branches of the musical tradition. What are the limits of piano technique? Does some music need to be seen as well as heard? Can you listen to music in ways that have nothing to do with traditional Western ways of engagement? Is a work in which most or all the tonal elements have been removed still music or should we call it something else? Are there limits to the sounds composers and performers can extract from a piano? 

Exploring these powerful questions with the ANAM piano cohort will be the new ‘Ambassador for New Music’ (The Ottawa Citizen), pianist Claudia Chan. A dazzlingly gifted and eloquent advocate for contemporary composers, she was recently Artist-in-Residence of the contemporary music department at the famed Fondation Royaumont in France, where she organized and presented concerts, interdisciplinary projects, and gave a series of lecture-recitals on new piano music.

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI Ricercare cromatico post il Credo 
Helmut LACHENMANN Wiegenmusik 
Helmut LACHENMANN Guero 
LIGETI Études (selections) 
Vassos NICOLAOU Études (selections) 
Unsuk CHIN Six Piano Études (selections) 
Györg KURTÁG Játékok (selections) 
Francesco FILIDEI Garibaldi's Little Rock 
Francesco FILIDEI For Claudia 
Francesco FILIDEI Toccata 
Györg LIGETI Musica Ricercata 

Claudia Chan director/piano 
ANAM Pianists 

This performance will last for approximately 2 hours including an interval.

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This concert will feature ANAM's harpsichord, which was bought for ANAM by John and Rosemary Macleod 


For this event, tickets booked in advance are offered on a "pay what you wish" basis. In addition to a Standard price, we offer the option of paying A Little Extra for those who would like to contribute a little more, as well as the option of paying A Little LessRead more about the change here.

If you are booking over the phone, simply tell us your preferred ticket price. Tickets purchased at the door will be available at the Standard price and are subject to availability.

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