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A musical lecture by Gerhard Forck

Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann is still considered one of the great literary figures of German Romanticism. Works such as the fantasy pieces in Callot's manner (including Kreisleriana and Der goldene Topf), Lebensansichten des Katers Murr and Die Serapionsbrüder (with Nußknacker und Mausekönig, Die Bergwerke von Falun and Das Fräulein von Scuderi), to name but a few, are still alive today.


E.T.A. Hoffmann's main profession as a lawyer took shape with interruptions in the Prussian civil service, most recently as a judicial councillor at the Berlin Court of Appeal. But from his earliest youth Hoffmann dreamed of a career as a musician. In fact, he was quite successful as a conductor and composer during his lifetime. In addition, as a music writer he had a great influence on Weber and Schumann, for example.

Today, the composer Hoffmann is largely forgotten. Yet it was he who wrote the first Romantic opera, Undine, which was enthusiastically celebrated by Carl Maria von Weber. According to the catalogue of works, Hoffmann's compositional output comprises a total of 85 items. Among them are further stage works, sacred music, symphonic works, chamber music, piano works as well as songs and smaller vocal works.


Gerhard Forck: He graduated in musicology, history and German studies, worked as an editorial assistant at ARD-aktuell (including Tagesschau) and held editorial positions in the recording industry (Deutsche Grammophon, Sony Classical, some years also independently). From 2002 to 2020, he headed the communications department of the Berliner Philharmoniker, including editing the programme-related contributions.
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With the kind support of Förderverein Marzahn-Hellersdorf e.V. and Volkshochschule Marzahn-Hellersdorf.

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