One of the difficulties with performing the work is that the score demands complete darkness in the concert hall at several points - requiring the musicians to play without sheet music or a conductor. The unique feature of the piece is that the western tempered scale - which defines the sound of the modern piano, for instance - and world of tones between the acoustically clean intervals present themselves in parallel in the intonation of the instruments. The acoustic analogy to the Escher staircase that defines the sound is the Shepard scale, which creates the illusion of a tone that continually ascends or descends in pitch.
The concert is part of the Transparent Sound New Music Festival, which takes place from 4 to 20 January 2019 as a collaboration between a number of Budapest venues. The works to be performed will be preceded in part by interactive and engaging activities to help guide the audience through the diverse and innovative world of new music. The first half of the performance will be a discussion to introduce the music of Haas, to be followed by the entire work after the interval.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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