The EQ Ensemble will perform Georg Frederich Haas’ In iij Noct (In the Dark) in a darkened St Nicholas Church, Dundalk on Friday 20th September.
Louth Contemporary Music Society present a unique event for local audiences, the Irish premiere of Georg Frederich Haas’ In the Dark as the focus of a concert entitled Darkness Audible. The work is performed in complete darkness, with the musicians playing from memory in different parts of the room. The performance score contains musical elements with detailed instructions.
In iij Noct (In the Dark) is an innovative musical composition by the acclaimed contemporary Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Hass which uses the theme of darkness to explore how music initiates and expresses the genesis of the inner light that leads to ‘peace’. Haas reveals how music is both the means and the end to such peace through a radical reversal of traditional conceptions of the concert performance.
The idea of performance in the dark comes from Renaissance and Baroque composers who wrote settings of Tenebrae services, to be sung in gradually darkened churches during the three days leading to Easter. Towards the end of the In the Dark a quotation from Gesualdo can be heard, from which the work also takes its title (from the Responses: Feria V, Resp. VII).
Louth Contemporary Music Society Presents Darkness Audible performed by the EQ Ensemble 8pm, Friday 20th September St.Nicholas Church of Ireland, Dundalk