Cinemusica

Cinemusica
2 - 12 April 2016

XENAKIS Voile
THOMAS NEWMAN American Beauty (selections)
HERRMANN Psycho: A Suite for Strings
XENAKIS Psappha
TIMOTHY CONSTABLE New work for strings and percussion (World Premiere)
BARTÓK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta

Please note: this program is presented in a concert format and does not include any film footage.


Richard Tognetti explores the thrilling sonic possibilities of strings and percussion through film’s most iconic scores including American Beauty, The Shiningand Psycho - performed by Synergy Percussion and the ACO.

Thomas Newman’s hypnotic and witty score for the Academy Award-winning film American Beauty is one of his most acclaimed soundtracks, while the stabbing suspense of Bernard Herrmann’s Psycho: A Suite for Strings is viscerally familiar, indelibly conjuring Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic. They are bookended by the surging wildness of two Xenakis works, Voile and the primordial rhythms of Psappha.

The icy atmospherics of Bartók’s Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta found an unforgettable visual accompaniment when Stanley Kubrick used it to chilling effect in The Shining.

Directed by Richard Tognetti, Cinemusica features a world premiere composed by Synergy’s Artistic Director, Timothy Constable, capping a highlight music event for 2016.