Thursday 26 July 2012
10.15pm – c11.30pm
Royal Albert Hall

Late Night Proms, Piano and organ, Proms Chamber Music & Saturday Matinees

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op 16 (25 mins)
    • West–Eastern Divan Orchestra (members)
  • Pierre Boulez

    Le marteau sans maître (35 mins)
    • Hilary Summers mezzo-soprano
    • West–Eastern Divan Orchestra (members)
    • François-Xavier Roth conductor

About this event

After Beethoven’s Quintet for piano and winds, written soon after his arrival in Vienna, François-Xavier Roth directs Pierre Boulez's breakthrough piece, Le marteau sans maître (‘The Hammer without a Master’), arguably the single most influential composition of the 1950s. By interlocking settings of three poems by the Surrealist poet René Char with commentaries from specific sub-groups of its ensemble, Boulez established a new kind of rapport between text and music through unsuspected continuities of timbre – a labyrinth of exotic sound at once tightly organised and delirious.

There will be no interval


Unfortunately Pierre Boulez has had to withdraw from this Prom. We are grateful to François-Xavier Roth for appearing in his place.

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