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Tracing Lineage: Influence and identity in my chamber music since 2002

Contemporary South African composer Robert Fokkens discusses his chamber music

Fokkens's music has been described in the Times as having its “own engaging quirkiness”. It works across established boundaries, whether of genre, style or nationality, using techniques and materials learned from traditional South African and other African musics alongside influences from a broad array of musical worlds to create a music of twisted, disrupted cycles and microtonal inflections that is by turns “hilarious”, “sad (and) strange” (Times) and “disturbing” (Guardian). In addition to a significant body of chamber music and music for large ensembles and orchestra, he writes frequently for the voice, both in concert and dramatic contexts.

Dr Fokkens teaches composition at Cardiff University.


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Date and Time:

12 February 2013 at 4:30 pm


1 hour



Cardiff University School of Music
Corbett Road
CF10 3EP


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