This year the festival is devoted to the new music of Russia and Germany. Its main theme – “Getrennt durch Stachelmusik” (Beyond Barbed Music) — carries a multitude of connotations: these include the past totalitarian experiences of both countries, the dramatic personal fates of many composers and musicians of the 20th centuries who professed the principles of avant-garde art, and, finally, it is the uncompromisingly complex, “prickly” or “barbed” musical language of contemporary compositions, which impels the listener towards “rejection of habits” (the imperative of Helmut Lachenmann).
The current festival presents a logical continuation of the large-scale Russian-German projects which the Center for Contemporary Music has carried out at the Moscow Conservatory — a massive cycle of concerts with comparative conceptions, “Russia-Germany, Pages of History of 20th Century Music” (2002-2003) and “Klang Stream” (2012–2013), which introduced the listeners to musical compositions written during the last few decades. This time, in a very concentrated time frame of five days — December 16-20 — works by contemporary composers will be presented, including over 15 world premieres by composers from both countries. The Moscow Forum will become the final event of the Year of Germany in Russia in 2012/2013.
For the first time in 18 years, within the walls of the Moscow Conservatory the famous Ensemble Modern will perform within the walls of the Moscow Conservatory. It was already invited as a guest ensemble of the Moscow Forum festival, “Music of Russia and Germany: Retrospectives and Perspectives” (1995), the first cross musical project in the history of our countries.
The guest composer of the festival will be Helmut Lachenmann (1934) one of the most significant composers of modern times. What became the most important imperative of his creative life was the idea of the liberation of the listener from the habits imposed on him by contemporary bourgeois society. With this aim in mind, Lachenmann developed an individual method of composition, a type of Musique concrète instrumentale, based on utilization of unconventional performing techniques connected, first of all, with differentiated noise-production. By opposing such an approach to the traditional “philharmonic” sound, the composer attempts at concentrating the attention of the listener towards the structural peculiarities of a composition based on concrete sounds. One of the greatest prophets of anti-bourgeois aesthetics, Lachenmann made a colossal impact on many composers throughout the whole world. His compositions will be performed on every one of the festival’s concerts.
The program of the Forum includes daily evening concerts from Monday to Friday, as well as daytime discussions and lectures.
Vladimir TARNOPOLSKI, artistic director