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Lied und Lyrik: Hölderlin Settings by Eisler, Ullmann, Britten, and others

Until the beginning of the 20th century, few com­posers engaged with the works of Friedrich Hölderlin— it almost seems as if music had to shed tonality and for­ mal restraints to come to terms with the expressive power of the poet’s language.


In this Lied und Lyrik pro­gram, Katrīna Paula Felsberga and Julius Drake explore the wide­ranging musical afterlife of Hölderlin in the “free future century” he envisioned in his 1806 Hymn to Freedom.

The texts will be heard in musical settings and readings.


Friedrich Hölderlin - Selected Poems and Texts, Reading in German

Settings by Peter Cornelius, Hans Pfitzner, Paul Hindemith, Hanns Eisler, Viktor Ullmann, Benjamin Britten

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Participating artists
Katrīna Paula Felsberga
Julius Drake
Dates
May 2025
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