cresc... 2015: IMAGES OF SOUND


26 to 29 November 2015




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Program brochure (PDF)


Since the birth of film, music has had considerable impact on it – as an accompanying medium and acoustic equivalent when movies were silent, and as acoustic illustration and emotional intensification or sublimation once sound film arrived. Sound then reflected the feelings and inner life of the protagonists or provided a counterpoint, given its ability to develop its own creative qualities. In artistic terms relations between (contemporary) music and film can be extremely interesting. ›Images of Sound‹ is the motto of the festival ›cresc... Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main‹, which takes place from 26 to 29 November 2015 and demonstrates the fascination and many facets of this interplay of music and film.


Highlights include the opening concert by Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra at Alte Oper Frankfurt, featuring Stanley Kubrick’s masterwork ›2001: A Space Odyssey‹, and the final concert of Ensemble Modern at Frankfurt LAB with world premieres of audio-visual works by Simon Steen-Andersen and Michael Beil. These will be flanked by four world premieres of inter-medial music film works by young composers and filmmakers under the title ›Quadruplets‹.


A second focus of the festival is set on the music of Helmut Lachenmann on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Key works for large orchestra are on the program as well as the world premiere of a new version of ›Air‹.

A festival by Ensemble Modern and hr-Sinfonieorchester
In co-operation with International Music Institute Darmstadt and Alte Oper Frankfurt
In collaboration with Staatstheater Darmstadt, Staatstheater Wiesbaden,
Institut für zeitgenössische Musik at Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main and International Ensemble Modern Academy

Media partner hr2-kultur



Kindly supported by Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain

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cresc... Biennale for Modern Music Frankfurt Rhein Main

The metropolitan area around Frankfurt and Rhine-Main is not only one of the most significant business capitals in Europe. Wih its variety of superb cultural institutions this region also counts among Europe’s most important cultural centers. To no less degree, this region’s commitment to contemporary music has a rich tradition and enormous vitality.
Now, several highly respected institutions of the region are joining forces in the new biennial festival cresc..., thanks to support from the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain: cresc... will constitute a pathbreaking new forum for modern music. From pivotal works of the 20th and 21st centuries to world premieres by young composers, the festival presents a broad spectrum of different artistic approaches, positions, and perspectives related to our time.