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"Pianophonia" by Marta Ptaszyńska Heard for the First Time

2005-03-17

The world premiere of Marta Ptaszyńska's new work, inspired by 20th-century paintings, took place in Chicago on 16 February 2005.

On 16 February 2005 in Chicago the world premiere of "Pianophonia" by Marta Ptaszyńska, a Polish composer lecturing at the University of Chicago, took place during a chamber concert of contemporary music - Music NOW at Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theatre for Music and Dance. The new work was performed by Amy Dissanayke.


MusicNOW is a series of concerts organized by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and dedicated entirely to "new music". The series consists of works by living composers from all over the world, and after the concerts there are meetings with the composers.


"Pianophonia" was favourably received by the audience. It consists of three sections, each of which is inspired by a different 20th-century picture, projected on the screen during the performance. As John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune wrote, "One did not need to view the paintings to appreciate how beautifully Ptaszyńska has ‘translated’ visual images into arresting sounds."

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