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Contemporary nights

Contemporary nights

The lack of new music has become an almost chronic issue in Hungarian concert life. The Budapest Festival Orchestra has been striving to fill this gap since it was founded roughly three decades ago, from as early as its first concerts. But a new milestone will be reached in this old story in 2012. Alongside its Baroque ensemble the BFO musicians have also created a contemporary music ensemble.


Why do we accept the fact that we enthusiastically delve into contemporary literature, watch modern plays in theatres and debate on contemporary works of art, but fail to accord the same attention to new music. Just one hundred years ago it was natural to listen to contemporary music in concert halls, but today we rarely get the chance to hear new music alongside the pieces created in earlier eras.

The programmes of the BFO’s contemporary music ensemble endeavour to whet audiences’ appetite for new music.

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