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Buffalo Chamber Players musicians pose with their instruments

Buffalo Chamber Players. Photograph by Luke Copping.

Performance: Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes

Friday, November 2, 2018 ● 6:30 pm
7 pm

FREE with Pay What You Wish admission
FREE for Members
1905 Building

Join the Buffalo Chamber Players for a rare performance of Poème symphonique by György Ligeti (1923–2006), during which 100 mechanical metronomes are wound and started together at various speeds, with the performance ending when all the metronomes have stopped ticking.

Composed in 1962, the work arose from Ligeti’s brief involvement with the Fluxus movement. Poème symphonique is a critique of the hundreds of competing ideologies of the time and asks the listener to reflect on what constitutes art in a world of infinite artistic freedom.

Poème symphonique was last performed at the Albright-Knox on March 4, 1965, as part of Evenings for New Music during the Buffalo Festival of the Arts Today. 


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