Katharina Ruckgaber
Julia Hülsmann
© Andreas Lander


Fabian Busch
© Benno Kraehahn


Bauhaus Dessau
Bauhaus Dessau
© Archiv Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

Programme 2017

V7

Saturday, 25 February 2017


10.00 p.m., Radio play at the
Bauhaus Dessau


On the way to a better world
Moses Mendelssohn's path to Berlin

Music by Julia Hülsmann
Text by Rolf Schneider

Speaker: Fabian Busch
Piano:
Julia Hülsmann


His contemporaries revered him as the "German Socrates", while Lessing's "Nathan the Wise" was conceived as a literary memorial to the great thinker Moses Mendelssohn. In cooperation with national broadcaster MDR Kultur, this radio play tells of the 15-year old Moses (or Mausche in Yiddish) who travelled from Dessau to Berlin in order to explore his religious belief and pursue his philosophical studies. What were the ideas, worries, fears and hopes that drove him there? He lived through times that were plagued by anti-Semitism and autocratic systems. And yet Mendelssohn managed to become a successful businessman and an esteemed philosopher.

Kurt Weill not only knew his most important work on the emancipation of the Jews, "Jerusalem", but, like Mendelssohn, Weill went to Berlin in turbulent times. The texts by Rolf Schneider reveal the doubts as well as the heavy burdens of the great educator in his efforts to create a better world. The audience will hear of his hopes as well as his willingness to fight for religious freedom. Between the texts, Julia Hülsmann will be at the piano to conjure up the poetry of music. For this evening the multi-award winning jazz pianist (in 2016 she received the SWR Jazz Prize) has composed a programme of great sonic breadth and intimacy. For us it is a real delight that the busy pianist is returning once again to develop a new festival programme. This evening's poetic experiment will perhaps remind listeners of Schubert's immortal Winterreise. A truly great concert experience for this jubilee Festival.










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