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Max Richter composes - Sleep. Longest ever piece of classical music / The Telegraph

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For those who have ever worried about drifting off during a classical music concert, composer Max Richter has created a piece specifically for that purpose. Sleep, an eight-hour piece which the the German-born British composer calls a "lullaby for a frenetic world," will premier in Berlin this September. The overnight performance will go on from midnight to 8am, with audience members in beds rather than seats. It is set to be the longest single piece of classical yet written, and is scored for piano, strings, vocals and electronics.

Richter, 49, intends the work to be heard "while sleeping". The composer consulted American neuroscientist David Eagleman, whose book Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives Richer made into a chamber opera in 2011, to learn about human brain function. "It's really an experiment to try and understand how we experience music in different states of consciousness," says Richter.

From Sleep – a shorter, hour-long adaptation intended for more engaged listening – will also be released. Both versions will be available as a digital album through the label Deutsche Grammophon.   READ THE FULL Telegraph ARTICLE

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