In the spotlight

Milan-born Maltese composer Andre Paul Huber – each of his pieces takes the listener on a musical journey
Credit: Rene Rossignaud

This will be the second time that I get to watch a live performance of Andre Paul Huber’s ‘The Haunted Piano’, and I simply can’t wait. This and other works by the young Maltese composer and conductor will feature in another performance from the Spotlight Concert series to be held at Sala Isouard, Manoel Theatre, on Thursday, November 22 at 9pm.

‘The Haunted Piano’ is a solo piece that premièred at Gabi Sultana’s recital last February and will be interpreted again by the same pianist, who had also commissioned the piece. The work entails placing glass marbles on the piano strings and using mallets to produce unusual percussive effects.

Andre’s most recent work – ‘In de Profundis Animae’ for double bass and piano – was also written with musicians in mind. Gjorgji Cincievskji will perform on the double bass alongside Gabi on the piano. This score, which premièred in Milan last September, contains intense melodic lines, fast passages and shifts in tempo – a very exciting and powerful work indeed.

Another spotlight composition for this concert is ‘The Tin-Drum’ (for piano solo) by the young Italian composer Alessandro Battici, who is also a flautist, based in Vienna, and is considered to be very avant-garde. It is no wonder that Andre has chosen him as guest composer for this concert, which will also see some other works by the local composer and two piano études by Gyorgy Ligeti.  You will also get to listen to baritone Joseph Huber, violinist Marceline Agius, and Alessandro Baticci on the flute.