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To Cross the Threshold, presented by Forest Collective and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Forest Collective and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music present, as apart of the New Music Studio  


To Cross the Threshold



Saturday September 17th 7:30pm




Melba Hall, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Melbourne University Royal Parade, Parkville


Number 19 Tram


“We are musicians and our model is sound not literature, sound not mathematics, sound not theatre, visual arts, quantum physics, geology, astrology or acupuncture."

Gerard Grisey


Forest Collective and the New Music studio of The Melbourne Conservatorium Of Music combine forces to co-produce this performance centered around death and dying as part of the new music studio at Melbourne University.


The first performance of Quatre Chants pour Franchir Le Seuil (Four Songs For Crossing the Threshold) by Gerard Grisey in 1999 by by the London Sinfonietta was performed in memorial to him, but it was never meant to be that way.


Grisey never heard the premiere of what turned out to be his final work, as he passed away suddenly in November of 1998, shortly after completing the composition.


Did Grisey bring on his own death with this spectralist work of art? Or was it sheer accident that he died soon after this composition was created? We leave that for you to decide as you listen to this colourful masterpiece.


Justine Anderson - Soprano solo

Evan Lawson - Conductor

Sascha Kelly - Associate Conductor


Earlier Event: August 28
Allotropy! with Rosemary Ball