Recently, the website of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra published an interview with Benjamin de Murashkin, on the occasion of the upcoming performance of his orchestral work LOGOS. Read below the excerpts from the interview…
In September 2021, Jessica Cottis will conduct the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in Celestial Visions, a musical exploration of the cosmos. The program features LOGOS by Australian-Danish composer Benjamin de Murashkin, a musical take on quantum theory and the Big Bang.
Jessica first collaborated with Benjamin de Murashkin in 2016, when she conducted the RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra’s performance of LOGOS. Ahead of the Australian premiere with the CSO, Jessica asks him about improvisation in classical music and the role of the arts in science.
How did LOGOS come about?
LOGOS was originally composed for a workshop that we as students at the Royal Danish Academy of Music had with the Copenhagen Philharmonic in 2010.
I had recently been studying Ligeti’s piano etudes and was struck by his use of processes to structure and develop the music. I rarely respond to music composed this way – yet, with Ligeti, while his technical ingenuity can be peeled away and examined layer by layer, the surface tells a crystal clear musical argument that even I can follow. I was inspired to try and see where this methodology could take my own music, which often relies on a more personal and intuitive approach. This manifested itself in LOGOS in what is essentially a series of three Fibonacci-sequence-based crescendos and accelerations.