Musical foray through four centuries
What does admiration sound like in the 16th century with Hans Leo Hassler (“Virgin, your beautiful figure”), as with Claude Debussy at the end of the 19th century (“Dieu! qu’il la fait bon regarder”)? The Schöneberg Chamber Choir under the direction of Marina Kerdraon-Dammekens brings vocal music spanning four centuries to life in its secular program.
The motifs of the songs follow the six basic emotions that the French philosopher René Descartes defined in his “Traité des passions de l’âme” in 1649: hate, love, admiration, desire, joy and sadness. Pieces from the Renaissance and early Baroque are juxtaposed with works of the Romantic era such as “The King of Thule” by Robert Schumann and the modern era.
The motif of sadness is, for example, intoned in the late Renaissance in Maddalena Casulana's “Morir non puo'l mio core”. Where do the lines between admiration, love and desire become blurred? Can the composers' intentions be reconciled with our contemporary listening expectations? The Schöneberg Chamber Choir explores these questions with a varied program.
Vocal music over four centuries - works by Hans Leo Hassler, Robert Schumann, Claude Debussy and others.
Schöneberg Chamber Choir, conducted by Marina Kerdraon-Dammekens
Admission free, donations requested