This 92 Street Y concert program will combine classical music and poetry, with works by Rainer Maria Rilke, Gustav Mahler and Claude Debussy. It will also feature a composition by Viktor Ullmann, a WWII composer who wrote music to a famous Rilke poem within the walls of a Nazi concentration camp, before being deported to Auschwitz.
About the deal:
92 Street Y Concert Program: Rainer Maria Rilke, Gustav Mahler, Claude Debussy ($19 for $38 Ticket)
- Monday, January 23, 2011, 8:00 PM
- 92 Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall
About the Program:
- MAHLER: “Trost im Unglück” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn for Voice and Piano
- MAHLER: “Aus! Aus!” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn for Voice and Piano
- DEBUSSY: Général Lavine—eccentric from Préludes, Book 2 for Piano
- MAHLER: “Der Schildwache Nachtlied” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn for Voice and Piano
- DEBUSSY: Pièce pour l’œuvre du “Vêtement du blessé” for Piano
- MAHLER: “Zu Strassburg auf der Schantz” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn for Voice and Piano
- DEBUSSY: Berceuse héroïque for Piano
- MAHLER: “Revelge” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn for Voice and Piano
- DEBUSSY: Elégie for Piano
- MAHLER: “Der Tamboursg’sell” from Des Knaben Wunderhorn for Voice and Piano
- ULLMANN: Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke) for Speaker and Piano
Shai Wosner, Piano
Wolfgang Holzmair, Baritone & Speaker
Program Notes (by Michael Beckerman):
This concert features several songs from Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn, a collection which was performed in Terezín, and intersperses them with piano pieces Debussy had written around the time of World War I, several of which were composed in connection with specific incidents related to that war. Both the Mahler and Debussy works explore the question of war with depth, passion and utter directness. The program concludes with one of the most powerful works written in Terezín, and one of the last compositions: Viktor Ullmann’s 1944 melodrama Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke (The Lay of the Love and Death of Cornet Christopher Rilke) for Speaker and Piano.
Gustav Mahler was a fitting presage to Terezín. Engaged in a range of powerful instrospections caught somewhere between an idealistic deification of German culture and the realities of being perceived as a minority, Mahler’s tortured, fantastical and occasionally triumphant visions of his world fit precisely into the Terezín mentality. A concert dedicated to his work alone was presented on July 9, 1943, a rarity in Terezín according to Joža Karas, author of Music in Terezín. That these works resonated with the composers there is clear, and it is likely that Gideon Klein quotes a snippet of Kindertotenlieder in his final Trio.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn (The Youth’s Magic Horn) is the name usually given to a large collection of songs written and published between 1887-99, which appeared in several sections. Based on the famous collection of texts published in the early 19th century, Mahler’s songs in both their piano and orchestral version feature some of his most powerful writing. In this concert these pieces alternate with the wartime piano pieces of Debussy.