21. April 2011

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Helmut Lachenmann Music as hope

Podium discussion
Helmut Lachenmann & Jürg Stenzl
Composition as an expression of hope

Ein Kinderspiel (1980)
Seven small pieces for piano

Salut für Caudwell (1977)
Music for two guitars

Got Lost (2008/2009)
Music for voice and piano

Helmut Lachenmann (piano, compositions); Yukiko Sugawara (piano); Sarah Maria Sun (Soprano); Gunter Schneider (Guitar); Barbara Romen (Guitar)

A Holy Thursday for and with Helmut Lachenmann, the 75-year old German composer who, no matter if he writes, composes or teaches, follows Friedrich Nietzsche’s word of the importance of ascribing greatest meaning to art in its will for self-renewal. Lachenmann’s work is an overwhelming collection of moments of opening up to the new, the unheard and the unheard-of, mostly “across all borders”, as the composer himself once said in connection to his guitar piece “Salut für Caudwell”. Exemplary for Lachenmann’s art of transforming structural thinking into emotionally expressive messages, this composition will be presented at “Imago Dei”.
Besides several gun salutes for the British poet Christopher Caudwell, who was killed in the fight against the Franco dictatorship in Spain, the composition “Salut für Caudwell” also includes extracts from Caudwell’s book “Illusion and Reality”. Text and composition serve as an encouragement for people who don’t stick their heads in the sands but face reality with all its inconsistencies. Lachenmann has never grown tired of emphasizing that the art form of music plays an important role when it comes to resistance. In his “Musique Concrète Instrumentale” he demonstrates what amount of energy and friction is involved in the production of a sound or a noise. This ends in sound images of transformation processes as they surround us in nature and in the cosmos through the cycle of creation and decay. Lachenmann’s work is transforming, too, not least under the influence of the philosophy of the Japanese Kyoto School: his new compositions are filled with the sounding movements of searching for the (sharp) sense, like “Got Lost” about texts by Nietzsche and Fernando Pessoa. Amidst his music Helmut Lachmann will also be listening at “Imago Dei”, and he will be talking about his thoughts and emotions: an entity of integrity against art diluted by event culture, against improper pathos and the profane.

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