Berliner Philharmoniker

Save in my calendar keep abandon print

Chamber Music

The Philharmonic Salon: Goethe and Beethoven

Götz Teutsch dedicates the first “Philharmonic Salon” of this season to the composer Ludwig van Beethoven – and the great writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who had an influence on music history comparable to no other in world literature. Artistic guests are actor Udo Samel, baritone Dietrich Henschel, pianist Cordelia Höfer and the Minetti Quartett.

Udo Samel Speaker

Dietrich Henschel Baritone

Minetti Quartett

Maria Ehmer Violin, Anna Knopp Violin, Milan Milojicic Viola, Leonhard Roczek Cello

Cordelia Höfer Piano

Götz Teutsch Progamme Supervision

Goethe and Beethoven

Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ludwig van Beethoven, Romain Rolland, Bettina von Arnim and Karl August Varnhagen von Ense

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 09 Nov 2014 4 p.m.

Philharmonie Foyer

Introduction: 3:00 pm

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 4 p.m.

Chamber Music Hall

Introduction: 3:00 pm


In his book Der Zeitbürger, Dieter Borchmeyer places Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s oft-doubted musical competence in a different light. After all, the writer was “orientated about all significant trends in contemporary musical life and music theory”. In the history of world literature, in any case, no other writer had an influence on music comparable to Goethe’s: “Schubert first got his bearings with Reichardt’s Goethe settings; Mendelssohn was introduced to Goethe by his teacher Zelter; Wagner’s Goethe worship, already reflected in the Seven Compositions on Goethes Faust composed by the 17-year old early in 1831, would have been almost inconceivable without Beethoven and his music for Egmont.” In contrast to Mendelssohn, who was connected to the writer, 60 years older than he, by an unequal friendship that he maintained until he died, Beethoven was more alien to Goethe, despite the Egmont music he so appreciated. Götz Teutsch dedicates the first Philharmonic Salon of this season to the two of them – with texts performed by Udo Samel from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ludwig van Beethoven, Romain Rolland, Bettina von Arnim, and literary, art and music scholar Norbert Miller. The musical setting will be provided by baritone Dietrich Henschel, Cordelia Höfer (piano) and the Minetti Quartett, “a musical sensation from Austria”, as Der Tagesspiegel wrote after the ensemble’s debut in the Berlin Philharmonie in 2009.

Dietrich Henschel

Email newsletter While we do not provide an English newsletter for the Berlin Philharmonie, you might be interested in the English Digital Concert Hall newsletter.

All programmes may also be found at: Berlin Bühnen Go to