Rise and Fall

SUN. 06/11/22, 7:00 PM
Burghof Lörrach (D)
György Ligeti (1923-2006)

San Francisco Polyphony for orchestra (1973/74)

Mauro Hertig (*1989)

Losing the Red Queen’s Race for orchestra (2022) 
Commissioned by the Basel Sinfonietta

Julian Anderson (*1967)

The Stations of the Sun for orchestra (1998) D 

Simon Steen-Andersen (*1976)

Piano Concerto for piano, sampler, orchestra and video (2014) 


As a prelude to a guest performance tour through Belgian music centers, the Basel Sinfonietta presents music from the rising of the sun to the bursting sounds of a crashing concert grand piano in the Burghof Lörrach.
With San Francisco Polyphony, the Austro-Hungarian composer György Ligeti also allows individual voices to be heard in his characteristic micropolyphony.

Swiss composer Mauro Hertig lets the orchestra play a game that cannot be won with Losing the Red Queen's Race. A musical parody of the Red Queen hypothesis, according to which all organisms are subject to evolutionary pressure.

In his orchestral work The Stations of the Sun, British composer Julian Anderson takes the changing position of the sun in the course of the day and the seasons as the starting point for music which takes on a form of its own as it progresses as well as becoming increasingly intangible and ambiguous.

And then a grand piano falls from the sky! The impact causes the instrument to burst and shatter, captured in image and sound. All this is part of the concept of Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen and his Piano Concerto.

Pre-Concert Talk 18.15

With the friendly support of Schweizerischen Interpretenstiftung, Fondation SUISA pour l’art, Ernst von Siemens Stiftung and Schweizer Kulturstiftung Pro Helvetia

World premiere
D German premiere
Program subject to change



Burghof Lörrach (D)

Photo: Christophe Caffier


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