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Excerpts from operas by Carl Heinrich Graun (1704/05-1759)

As court conductor under King Frederick II, Carl Heinrich Graun had a decisive influence on the repertoire of Berlin's musical life in the 1740s and 50s. His operas, based on Italian models, are characterised on the one hand by great drama, but at the same time also bear witness to gallant and courtly sensibility. Rarely was Berlin such an innovative opera centre later on.


The Berlin State Library is home to an invaluable musical treasure: the manuscripts of great masterpieces such as Mozart's "Magic Flute", Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" and J.S. Bach's "Art of Fugue". Many of the treasures in the collection are also music that is closely linked to the history of the city of Berlin, music from marginalised groups, anonymous music from all over the world or works by so-called "minor masters" who were in fact grand masters.

The new concert series "Abgestaubt!" is dedicated to this repertoire, showcasing the treasures and transforming the notes into living sound.

A co-operation with the lautten compagney Berlin. The concerts on 1 and 2 December 2023 in the ABGESTAUBT! series are funded by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion.

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