This concert programme features Iannis Xenakis, a famous 20th-century Greek-French composer, music theorist and architect. He is considered an important composer of the post-World War II avant-garde music whose work helped revolutionize 20th-century classical music. He pioneered the use of mathematical models, such as applications of stochastic processes and game theory, and influenced the development of electronic and computer music. This programme introduces his Voile for 20 strings (1995), a work abounding in pungent chordal sonorities.
Another featured composer is Frank Martin, a Swiss composer who is not very well familiar to Lithuanian audiences. His mature style was based on his personal variant of Arnold Schoenberg’s twelve-tone technique, but he did not abandon tonality entirely. His Études for string orchestra (1955–6) was included in this programme of the “Music of Changes” festival at the suggestion of conductor Matthias Kuhn who was in charge of the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra. According to the Swiss newspaper, Kuhn is an artist who “lets the music breathe.”