“But hark! O heavens! These sounds”

  • When poetry becomes music and music becomes poetry
  • Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra & Veronika C. Haas
  • Concert, Lecture, Literature

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It is hardly known that Friedrich Hölderlin was a gifted flutist, passionate about piano, violin and mandolin, even composed himself. Science tells little about the double talent of many music making poets and poetry writing musicians like Hölderlin, Jean Paul, Robert Schumann, E.T.A. Hoffmann or Bettina von Arnim.

The journalist and Germanist Veronika Haas speaks of the fascinating, sometimes astounding affinities between the arts in the work and lives of individual poetry musicians. At the same time, she leads us – from Hölderlin to Thomas Mann’s music novel Doktor Faustus – through cultural epochs in which the boundaries between word and sound were fluid, composers wrote songs without words and in Heidelberg the famous collection of songs Des Knaben Wunderhorn was printed without a single melody.


On the occasion of Hölderlin’s anniversary in 2020, members of the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra and flutist Karin Geyer will present a special selection of pieces under the direction of Timo Jouko Herrmann: Hendrik Coenraad Steup’s Variations on Paisiello’s Nel cor più non mi sento (“Mich fliehen alle Freuden”), a cavatina, which Hölderlin also liked to improvise on; a flute concerto – with a cadenza by Friedrich Hölderlin – by the then famous blind virtuoso Friedrich Ludwig Dulon, who said about his highly gifted student Hölderlin that he “had nothing more to learn with him”, and two works by Franz Ignaz Beck. Born in Mannheim, the violinist and composer, who was a singer in the choir of Heidelberg’s Heiliggeistkirche as an orphan, Hölderlin probably experienced him in 1802 as orchestra conductor in Bordeaux.


Program:

Franz Ignaz Beck (1734-1809)
Sinfonia for strings in G minor op. 1, No. 1

  1. Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Allegro

Frederick Ludwig Dulon (1769-1826)
Allegro from the Concerto for Flute and Orchestra in G major op. 8
with cadenza by Friedrich Hölderlin

Franz Ignaz Beck
Sinfonia for strings A major op. 1, No. 3

  1. Allegro
  2. Andantino
  3. Presto

Hendrik Coenraad Steup (1778-1827)
Variations for flute and orchestra G major on Paisiello’s “Nel cor più non mi sento” op. 1

In the context of the 6th literary autumn


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