New display to coincide with Sam Hayden string quartet premiere

Sam Hayden, Reader in Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Sam Hayden, Reader in Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

New String Quartet by Sam Hayden, Reader in Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Transience (2013-14) was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 and Quatuor Diotima, and will feature in a concert in Shoreditch Church on Sunday 14th December 2014 at 7.00pm, during the Spitalfields Winter Festival.

The full concert programme is: Gérard Pesson Bitume (London premiere)
Sam Hayden Transience (world premiere)
Jonathan Harvey String Quartet No.3
Bartók String Quartet No.4

To coincide with the concert Jerwood Library is pleased to present a display featuring Hayden’s score for Transience and screenshots of the OpenMusic patches used in the composition provided by the composer. Also on display the score of Surface/Tension by Sam Hayden as well as the scores for the Bartók and Harvey string quartets, all from the Jerwood Library’s collection.

OpenMusic patch used in the composition of Transience

OpenMusic patch used in the composition of Transience

Sam Hayden on the use of OpenMusic and other computer tools in composition:

“The more important reason for using such tools is that they aid the creation of new musical ideas so that we can move beyond the clichés and habits of our musical cultures. Some composers argue that the use of such computer-assisted techniques represents the relinquishing of compositional control. I would argue the opposite: such musical formalisation creates a hyper-awareness of the structural constraints within which one is working and therefore creates the possibility to go beyond them.”

From Computer-Assisted Composition and Aesthetic Innovation, New Notes, June 2008

Sam Hayden studied composition with Martin Butler, Jonathan Harvey and Michael Finnissy at the University of Sussex, Joseph Dubiel and David Rakowski at Columbia University, New York, and Louis Andriessen at the Royal Conservatory Den Haag.

Further links:
Sam Hayden interview with Spitalfields Festival about the forthcoming performance
Sam Hayden’s website
Website for Spitalfields Winter Festival concert

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