Hanseatenweg → Hall 1

SAT 14.3
2 pm

Der Experimentator Anton Reicha

Conversation with live music

 

Christian Thorau in conversation with Caspar Johannes Walter. Gili Loftus (pianoforte) and David Eggert (violoncello) play excerpts from Anton Reicha’s Practischen Beispielen (practical examples).

„Der Geist, eingeschränckt durch wenige Mittel, sucht Auswege (und findet sie) auf welche er vielleicht nie verfallen wäre; und so erreicht er seinen Zweck. [...] dass uns manches beim ersten Anblick unmöglich scheint, dem wir endlich doch durch anhaltendes Forschen Realität geben können.“

These two comments are found in Anton Reicha's series of texts on the Practische Beispiele, philosophical-theoretical notes dating from 1799 – 1802, which refer to specific compositions. They could be a motto for Reicha's laboratory, his research-oriented dialogue between music and utopian thought. Reicha developed musical visions that were only redeemed centuries later: atonality, complex metrics and much more. The fact that Reicha and Beethoven knew each other well allows for a refreshing new look at Beethoven. Reicha's music as sonorous research is part of the conversation.