The Numbers Game

17 May
Studio Theatre
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Introduced by MARCUS DU SAUTOY
BACH Trio Sonata from The Musical Offering BWV 1079
MESSIAEN Île de feu 2 (from Quatre études de rythme) for solo piano
BARTOK String Quartet No.4

Bach delighted in riddles and his ‘Musical Offering’, a collection of pieces based on a theme given to him by Frederick the Great of Prussia, abounds with them. Messiaen’s short ‘Island of Fire 2’, inspired by Papua New Guinea, is an intense and violent piece. And Bartok’s Fourth String Quartet contains many elements of the composer’s fascination with Hungarian folk music.

Marcus du Sautoy will introduce these remarkable pieces and reveal the mathematical secrets that lie within them.

5.45 – 6.15pm
Crucible Studio Theatre

Ahead of tonight’s double bill, Marcus du Sautoy and Peter Hill discuss one of Bach’s greatest works. Free to all evening concert ticket holders.

Presented by Music in the Round, as part of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2018

Running time: About 1 hour (no interval)
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