Peter Eötvös leads the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the world premiere of his very own Multiversum. Eötvös feels there is a strong bond between music and the cosmos. Parallel universes, string theory and gravitational waves can all be heard in the polyphony of his new composition for organ, Hammond organ and orchestra.
Three works by three twentieth-century masters are programmed first. Béla Bartók’s Dance Suite commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the union of Buda and Pest into one city. It is a festive amalgam of invented dances and folk melodies. Arnold Schönberg’s Begleitungsmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene is an expressionist work for a hypothetical film scene. Igor Stravinsky called his Symphony in Three Movements his ‘War Symphony’; it reflects the grim mood in Europe during the Second World War, even though the composer himself had already been living in Los Angeles for several years.