Daniel Kidane - The Devil's Overture (world première)

The Devil's Overture explores the rich narration in the opening paragraph of Burgess's short story 1889 and the Devil's Mode. Burgess spins together imaginary events with real-life characters, creating a story where Claude Debussy visits a Dublin brothel with Stephane Mallarmé, where he also meets Christina Rossetti and Robert Browning. This meeting then spurs Debussy to set Mallarmé's poem, L'après-midi d'un faune, to music. My current doctoral research explores composing through literature and exploring the creation of compositional techniques derived from text. Through Burgess's penchant for writing literature laden with musical references, I was able to quarry his opening paragraph for material to use in my own piece.

Daniel began his musical education at the age of eight when he started playing the violin. His formative years, as a composer, were spent in Manchester during his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Royal Northern College of Music, studying with Gary Carpenter and Dr David Horne. Recent engagements have included a residency with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the Leverhulme Young Composers’ Programme, and currently with the London Symphony Orchestra, as part of their Soundhub scheme. He has also received a Royal Philharmonic Society Composition Prize Award and was featured at the Cheltenham Music Festival. Daniel is currently undertaking a doctorate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with Julian Anderson.

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