Maria Ehmer Violin, Anna Knopp Violin, Milan Milojicic Viola, Leonhard Roczek Cello
Goethe and Beethoven
Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ludwig van Beethoven, Romain Rolland, Bettina von Arnim and Norbert Miller
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 Goethe’s 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.