sound new music listening club: Dobrinka Tabakova


Our online listening club is held monthly from 7-8pm on a Friday and is a chance to come together regularly to listen to new music and find out more about a selection of contemporary composers.

We will invite a variety of different guest hosts who will explore the music of a new contemporary composer each session. You'll be invited to spend some time listening to one of the composer's works before we meet, but there will also be an opportunity to listen to the work during the session if you don't get around to it beforehand.

Like a book club but with less homework!

For this month's listening club we'll be exploring Dobrinka Tabakova's Such Different Paths

You can listen to the piece and read more about it here:


String Septet (2 violins, 2 violas, 2 celli and double bass)Duration: 15’2007/8

First Performance: Janine Jansen, Julia- Maria Kretz, Hartmut Rhode, Maxim Rysanov, Jens Peter Meinz, Torleif Thedeen, Stacey Watton. Spectrum Concerts, Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal Berlin.

There is the underlying idea of music as building blocks (so the beginning starts with the two violins, then the next 'block' comes in with the violas, then cellos etc… all of which can work individually, but also together). 

My intention is that there is the sense of a journey (thus the occasional direction in the score like 'searching' or 'transition'). The septet was commissioned by Spectrum Series, Berlin on the occasion of the series’ 20th anniversary and is dedicated to Spectrum Series and Janine Jansen.

© Copyright 2003-2014 Dobrinka Tabakova

Biography -  Dobrinka Tabakova

Dobrinka Tabakova is a composer of ‘exciting, deeply moving’ music (Washington Times), with ‘glowing tonal harmonies and grand, sweeping gestures [which] convey a huge emotional depth’ (The Strad). She has been commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society, BBC Radio 3 and the European Broadcasting Union. Her debut profile album String Paths, on ECM Records, was nominated for a Grammy in 2014. In 2017 she was appointed composer-in-residence with the BBC Concert Orchestra. An album of her orchestral works, recorded by the Halle Orchestra is released in October 2023.

Please register in advance by clicking BOOK on the right hand side. After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session. 

You can join the session on Zoom via an internet browser on your computer or mobile device or you can phone in on either a mobile or landline to listen using the Dial by your location number. 

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