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Bouncing Off The Walls: Music and Architecture

Thu, November 16, 2023 – 7:30 pm

Bouncing Off The Walls: Music and Architecture

Join PostClassical Ensemble for Bouncing off the Walls: Music and Architecture, a concert which explores the complex relation between the two art forms, from music that was specifically written for particular buildings to early 20th-century modernist efforts to reduce both forms to their elemental materials.

Music and architecture share a vocabulary and they overlap through analogies and metaphors. Composers “build” symphonies, which are highly structured. And architects dream of buildings that unfold to the senses like music, a seamless flow of experience through time and space. Both forms use terms like ornament, balance and symmetry. But is architecture really “frozen music,” an idea that emerged in the late 18th century when musical forms were becoming longer and more complex?

Bouncing off the Walls: Music and Architecture explores the complex relation between the two art forms, from music that was specifically written for particular buildings to early 20th-century modernist efforts to reduce both forms to their elemental materials.

The program includes an overture by Beethoven written to celebrate a newly remodeled theater and opera house, works by Gabrieli, composed for the mighty Basilica of San Marco in Venice, a symphony by Haydn featuring one of the most complicated “architectural” forms ever composed, a short but volcanic work by Anton Webern and a classic overture by Rossini, reassembled to maximize the acoustic possibilities of The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

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