Hungarian chamber music at Kempten in Germany
This autumn László Tihanyi is the composer in residence at the 7. Kempten Internationales Festival der Kammermusik. In the framework of the week-long series of concerts four of his works will be performed, including the première of Rundherum, for piano and string quartet, commissioned by the festival. The title refers to the arrangement on the platform of the instruments and music stands, and to the movement of the players. Tihanyi, few of whose works have so far been composed for traditional chamber music groups, has not written a classical-romantic type of piano quintet this time either. In it the pianist and the members of the string quartet also play on percussion instruments and mouth organs.
At Kempten every year the focus is on a different country’s chamber music; mainly 20th-century and contemporary works are played, or curiosities from earlier periods. This year there is a rich selection of Hungarian works: through compositions by 22 composers – including Liszt, Bartók, Kodály, Dohnányi, Leó Weiner, Mátyás Seiber, Ferenc Farkas, György Ránki, György Kurtág, György Ligeti, György Orbán, Miklós Kocsár, Péter Eötvös, Zoltán Jeney, László Tihanyi and others – the traditions and modern forms of Hungarian chamber music will be displayed.