Friday, 11 March 2016
2.30 p.m., Musical reading in the
Great Hall of Wittenberg's Old Town Hall
Freedom of Thought
Third part of a journey through time and music exploring the history of Saxony-Anhalt
Music by Alexander von Zemlinsky,
Igor Strawinsky, Anton von Webern,
Erwin Schulhoff and Kurt Weill
Recitation: Anja Schiffel Text: Lars-Thade Ulrichs
Violin: Sayako Kusaka Clarinet: Robert Oberaigner
Cello: Peter Bruns Piano: Jacques Ammon
There is no doubt that, in his own eyes as well as in the perception of his contemporaries, Kurt Weill was a modern artist. The final part of this journey through time and music tells of Weill's social-critical ideas. For him, society meant nothing without the sanctity of the individual. And so he initially subscribed to Brecht's notion of an "epic theatre". Many of his works from the Mahagonny-Songspiel to The Threepenny Opera to the Broadway musicals are full of hope for a new and free society. This evening's programme offers the memorable The Soldier's Tale by Igor Stravinsky, seldom heard works by the unjustly forgotten composer Erwin Schulhoff and, of course, Kurt Weill.
These were all groundbreaking composers, whose music still challenges many concertgoers. The musicians of Leipzig's College of Music will prove at this concert the value of listening to unknown sounds with open ears. Lars-Thade Ulrich's texts will show how Hegel's dictum that "Music reflects the spirit of the age through notes" is a perfect reflection of reality. The abandonment of the traditional tonal systems at the beginning of the 20th century heralded the fracturing of society.
In cooperation with the
City Museum Halle (Saale) and the
"Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" College of Music in Leipzig.
With kindly support of the
First part again on 25.02.2017 - V04 First part again on 26.02.2017 - V10 First part again on 26.02.2017 - V13
Second part again on 03.03.2017 - V27 Second part again on 04.03.2017 - V32 Second part again on 05.03.2017 - V33
Third part again on 10.03.2017 - V44 Third part again on 11.03.2017 - V48 Third part again on 11.03.2017 - V51