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DUOS Symphony presents:

Change and Conflict
25th November | elvet methodist church

DUOS is excited to announce our first concert of academic year 2023/24!

As with all art comes criticism, and these three composers are no strangers to external resistance to their artistic expression. These pieces, all written by composers whose music had been denounced by their authoritarian governments, managed to retain popularity and influence within their respective societies. This programme presents a captivating selection of works that traverse the rich tapestry of 20th-century classical music, each piece offering its own distinctive journey.


Grażnya Bacewicz, writing her Overture in 1943 under the German occupation of Poland, did not hear her piece performed until 1945, alongside Poland’s liberation. Bacewicz's music emerges as a poignant symbol of hope and creativity during the darkest hours of history.


Paul Hindemith was condemned as “degenerate” by the Nazis as a result of his unabashed hatred of the Nazi party. Drawing upon Weber's themes, Hindemith crafts a symphonic marvel that stands as a testament to his defiant stance against authoritarian forces and his enduring influence on 20th-century German music.


Perhaps most famous in this group of censured composers, however, is Dmitri Shostakovich, who was denounced by the Soviet authorities in 1948. His 5th symphony, titled “A Soviet’s Response to Just Criticism”, represents a pivotal moment in his life and career. Written amidst the political turmoil of 1948, this symphony is speculated to have been an attempt to recover his rocky relationship with the authorities. Critics and scholars have since unravelled its intricate layers, finding within it a subtle and sometimes outspoken critique of the Soviet regime. This symphony remains a testament to Shostakovich's resilience and his ability to convey profound messages through his music.


Together, these three works offer a glimpse into the indomitable spirit of composers who faced adversity with creativity, defiance, and a profound commitment to their art. DUOS invites you to join us on a musical journey that explores the profound depths of human expression and resilience.

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DUOS chamber presents:

An evening of dance
1st December | St. Oswald's Church


This programme presents a captivating journey through a diverse range of musical landscapes, all inspired by dance forms and concepts.


Béla Bartók's "Romanian Folk Dances" immerse us in the vibrant and spirited world of Eastern European folk traditions, where intricate melodies and rhythms dance with exuberance.


Antonín Dvořák's "Czech Suite Op. 39" transports us to the heart of Bohemia, where the composer masterfully blends Czech folk elements with his signature Romantic style, resulting in a symphonic dance of rich melodies and lush harmonies.


Igor Stravinsky's "Danses Concertantes" takes us into the realm of abstract ballet, where the music becomes a choreographic spectacle in itself. With its rhythmic complexities and playful orchestrations, Stravinsky's work invites us to explore the boundaries of classical dance.


Joan Tower's "Chamber Dance" offers a contemporary twist to the theme, guiding us through a tapestry of solos, duets, and ensembles. Tower's innovative ensemble writing creates a dynamic and rhythmic profile that challenges the musicians to 'dance' together, providing a fresh perspective on the concept of dance in classical music.


With this concert, DUOS invites you to experience the universal language of dance expressed through the diverse voices of these four exceptional composers, each offering a unique and captivating interpretation of this timeless theme.

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