Sound as Symbol: Translating Yeats’s Byzantium into a Tone Poem for Voice and Orchestra
William Butler Yeats’s poem, Byzantium, comprises a mosaic-like structure of considerable semantic complexity. Professor Hendrik Hofmeyr will illustrate how his prize-winning setting of this work as a tone poem for voice and orchestra creates a musical parallel to the text, both in terms of structure and meaning. The lecture will conclude with a recorded performance of his work.
Hofmeyr completed a master’s degree at the University of Cape Town in 1981, before furthering his studies in Italy. In 1987, he won the South African Opera Competition and the Nederburg Prize for Opera with The Fall of the House of Usher. He returned to South Africa in 1992 to lecture at the University of Stellenbosch, and in 1997 won two major international composition competitions. In 1998, Hofmeyr returned to UCT, where he obtained a doctorate in music.
Hofmeyr is one of South Africa’s most prolific and frequently performed composers. His oeuvre of some 160 works includes more than 100 commissioned works for local and international artists, and over 40 have appeared on CDs released locally and internationally.
‘Sound as symbol: Translating Yeats’s Byzantium into a tone poem for voice and orchestra’
Thursday, 02 October 2014
Baxter Concert Hall
17h30 - Guests to be seated by 17h15
By 25 September 2014 for catering purposes
Tel: 021 650 4870
Fax: 021 650 5628