Mystery of Sound

SUN. 15/01/23, 7:00 PM
Museum Tinguely, Basel

Trois Strophes sur le nom de Sacher for solo cello (1976)
1st movement: Un poco indeciso

Anna Sowa (*1987)

Diversions für Orchester und Elektronik (2022)
Commissioned by the Basel Sinfonietta

Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013)

Mystère de l’instant for string instruments, cymbal and percussion (1986-89)
I Appels, II Échos, III Prismes, IV Espaces lointains, V Litanies, VI Choral, VII Rumeurs, VIII Soliloques, IX Métamorphoses (sur le nom Sacher), X Embrasement

Louis Andriessen (1939-2021)

Mysteriën for orchestra (2013)


In the inspiring ambience of the Museum Tinguely, the Basel Sinfonietta explores mysterious aspects of music and sound. Because the art of composing can also be considered as a kind of ceremony.

In his orchestral work Mystère de l'instant, the French composer Henri Dutilleux intended to capture the mystery of the moment. Ten sequences represent a succession of snapshots, each focusing on one aspect of the sound material. The term "mystery" must be understood in its broadest sense. Through what kind of mystery in the creative process does an idea manage to manifest itself?

Louis Andriessen, a key figure in the contemporary art scene of the Netherlands, wrote his Mysteriën for the Concertgebouw Orchestra for its 125th anniversary. This was a sensation, because in 1969 Andriessen was one of a group of troublemakers who disrupted a concert by the orchestra due to the fact that they found its programming policy anti-modern and reactionary. Andriessen accepted the commission to compose, which had been put to him several times, only after he had a dream about his late father Hendrik, who had earlier himself composed works for the most important orchestra in the Netherlands.

The concert will be opened - after a short hors d'oeuvre from the pen of Henri Dutilleux - by a piece commissioned by the Basel Sinfonietta from the young, Basel-based Polish composer Anna Sowa, which aims to confront the live sound of certain orchestral instruments with electronics.

Pre-Concert Talk 17.45
with Mirjam Zegers, former personal assistant to Louis Andriessen and Coordinator Curatorial Practises in Music at the ArtEZ University of the Arts Arnhem, and Anna Sowa, composer
Moderation: Dr. Matthias Kassel, curator of the Louis Andriessen archives at the Paul Sacher Foundation

In cooperation with the Museum Tinguely and the Paul Sacher Foundation and with the generous support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Fondation Nicati-de Luze


World premiere
Swiss premiere
Program subject to change



Museum Tinguely, Basel

Photo: Christophe Caffier


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