Zum Publikum: The Challenges of Experimentalism

On experimentalism

The Oxford Culture Review

Containing pieces composed in 1778 through to 1966 by Ligeti, Mozart, Prokofiev and Pärt, Oxford University Sinfonietta’s programme for their upcoming concert is one of the most diverse that I have seen this term. When I asked Owen Hubbard, the President of the ensemble, what motivated the choice of repertoire, he told me that “It’s important to break out from the tradition of seeing musical works as fossilised museum objects which don’t have anything to say to each other across different time periods and cultures. Classical music is a living art form which can be relevant for the twenty-first century, and what better way to be this than through performances by young, talented musicians?”

The Sinfonietta is certainly a prime example of this; the ensemble brings together a group of some of the best instrumentalists at the university from a variety of disciplines. They are dedicated to bringing innovative…

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