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RUSSIAN FUTURISM – Utrecht String Quartet + Thorwald Jørgensen

string quartet, theremin, mute film

Dutch percussionist Thorwald Jørgensen dedicates himself entirely to the theremin, the first completely electronical instrument, invented in 1919 by the Russian Leo Theremin. He is performing with the Utrecht String Quartet. Together they will play a brand-new commissioned composition for string quartet and theremin by Simon Bertrand, Dalit Hadass Warshaws’ Transformation and his own composition debut Distant Shores.

Seven years after the invention of the theremin, the futuristic Russian Aleksandr Mosolov wrote his first string quartet. The Utrecht String Quartet combines this intriguing, mechanic and dissonant work with three Russian mute films from the 1920s. The four movements from Mosolov’s string quartet are woven throughout the concert.

Photo © Allard Willemse

Composers
Sky Macklay - Many Many Cadences
Thorwald Jørgensen - Distant Shores
Aleksandr Mosolov - String Quartet No 1
Simon Bertrand - l’Homme Invisible
Dalit Hadass Warshaw - Transformation

Performers
Utrecht String Quartet
Thorwald Jørgensen - theremin

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