Grotesque music for grotesque times

After the storm? Before the storm? Shiver, tremble and enjoy! © Charles Thibo
After the storm? Before the storm? Shiver, tremble and enjoy! © Charles Thibo

Imagine this: A young, eager student, firmly set to become a pianist-composer, with his talent at the piano confirmed at early age, is being refused for a post-graduate piano class because of “insufficient maturity”. Several months later, having finally been admitted, he starts to compose his first symphony, his graduation task. He finishes it ten months later and his work causes ripples in the music scene at home and abroad.

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