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Pianist Vladimir Stoupel interprets works by Schubert, Franck, Schulhoff and Ravel. The evening's program begins with a little-known gem from Franz Schubert's catalog: his beautiful, somewhat naïve and very romantic Sonata in E minor. It continues with Prélude, Aria et Final by French composer César Franck, who was born two hundred years ago.

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The piece perfectly reflects the French style of composition that emerged after the Franco-Prussian War (1870/1871). As a composer and driving force behind the founding of the Société Nationale de Musique (1871), Franck had a major impact on the development of French music in the second half of the 19th century and beyond. The Prélude, Aria et Final captivates with its innovative compositional technique as well as a very special kind of chromaticism, which after Franck became an integral part of the French school of composition. The piece contains numerous elements of organ music - like many other French composers, Franck was also an outstanding organist!

Rounding out the program are reflections on the events of World War I by two very different composers, Erwin Schulhoff and Maurice Ravel. Erwin Schulhoff's Suite for the Left Hand was written in 1926 for the Czech pianist Ottakar Hollmann, whose right arm was severely damaged in the war. Through his very refined compositional style, Schulhoff achieves in this virtuoso work the feeling in the audience that the pianist is playing with both hands!

Maurice Ravel conceived the last piece of the program, La Valse, as a tribute to the waltz king Johann Strauss. After his experiences in World War I, Ravel changed the concept: La Valse now depicts the downfall of bourgeois society and tells the story of an entire era in only about 15 minutes.

This musical look back into history helps us to cope with the crisis-ridden present and to remember the victims. We need distance to be able to process all this. Music is especially necessary in times of crisis! It offers us a protected space, it gives us the opportunity to reflect. War destroys, music builds up.

01.06.22 | 8pm | Hall Boris Vian | 10€/15€

A limited number of tickets will also be sold on site.
Französisches Kulturinstitut - Institut Français Berlin