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Sun Mar 15 2015, 2:00pm–4:00pm

Where: Esplanade - Rehearsal Studio, 1 Esplanade Drive, Marina Bay, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Listed by: lollipopper1507

Listening to 20th Century Western Art Music
by Dr. Joyce Beetuan Koh

One of the major milestones of Western Art Music at the start of the 20th Century has been the breakdown of tonality. This is a result of how composers were stretching boundaries and searching for fresh perspectives into thinking about music. With this collapse, other building blocks of music, such as rhythm, texture and formal design become more dominant, transforming the process in which composers work with their ideas and the way we listen to music.

Drawing from several key musical works, award-winning composer Dr Joyce Beetuan Koh will set them in its historical and cultural context, and explain how the musical elements are related and developed, offering a guide to make listening of 20th Century music even more engaging.


Dr Joyce Beetuan Koh is a versatile composer whose portfolio ranges from concert music, dance collaboration, sound installations and multimedia productions.

Her concert music works are presented at major festivals including the Melbourne Arts Festival (Six Hermits for Chinese instruments) and Concertgebouw Netherlands Concert Series (The Water Burns for contralto and chamber ensemble). Her works have been performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Hungarian Radio Orchestra and Singapore Symphony Orchestra amongst others.

Joyce received her PhD in Composition from University of York, B.Mus (Hons) and is currently Vice Dean of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.