Baroque solo programmes with instrumental ensemble

Classical recital evenings

Goethe programmes

Fin ‘amors – Encounter between the Orient and the Occident in the Middle Ages

The houses of religions

Event industry culture

Baroque solo programmes with instrumental ensemble

 

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Further programmes on various themes exist with cantatas, arias and dances of the European early to late Baroque.

Further Baroque programmes:

"Le Triomphe de l´Amour"
Cantatas – arias – dances by Montéclair, Vivaldi, Bach and others.

"Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust"
(delightful tranquility, cherished animation)
Carefree – uplifting – contemplative
A concert with works by Bach, Telemann, Stölzel and contemporaries.

"Amarilli"
Elaborate love songs from Europe at around 1600. Caccini, Dowland, Mouliné, Newsidler and others.

A musical journey through 17 th century Europe along "Coryate's Crudities"
– a travelogue by the Englishman Thomas Coryate who travelled on foot from London to Venice in the year 1608. He has some in part surprising, amusing and also bizarre incidents to report during the stages of his journey in the different parts of Europe.

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Classical recital evenings
 

For vocals and piano with song cycles and solo songs by Brahms, Mahler, Bartòk, Zemlinsky, Chopin, Schubert, Schumann and others.

A Hafiz – Goethe recital evening is being planned.

Madonna - "Marienlieder" from the Rennaisance to the Modern

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Goethe programmes
 


 

The last Goethe programme 2008 in the Philharmonie Luxembourg comprised songs by Schubert, orchestrated by Reger and Liszt, Wanderers Nachtlied by Pfitzner, Mignon's aria from “Mignon” by A. Thomas and the Alto rhapsody by Brahms.

Further Goethe concerts (e.g. commemorating Goethe's 250th birthday on the initiatitve of the Goethe office in Frankfurt) took place

with songs by Schubert, Schumann Brahms

with works by composers of the Romantic era:
Bettina von Arnim, Duchess Anna Amalia, Josefine Lang, Corona Schröter

There is no surer way of avoiding the world
than through art
and there is no surer way of being involved in it
than through art    
(Wahlverwandschaften)

with arias from the Goethe operas Werther, La Damnation de Faust and Mignon,

with the contemporary composition and improvisation “Prometheus” by E. Koltermann for contralto solo, cello and bass clarinet.

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Fin 'amors – Encounter between the Orient and Occident in the Middle Ages
an inter-cultural recital evening

 

Accompanying text for the programme and the press:

 

Fin ‘amors – the noble love from afar for an unattainable person – was the ideal of the knightly troubadours of the Middle Ages.

It was not the aim to possess the loved one, but to woo and serve her, the reserved but no less passionate devotion towards a lady who represented the ideal of human and courtly perfection. To draw nearer to her would bring him nearer to this ideal.

 

At the same time a form of Fin'amors was developing among the European and Oriental mystics – such as Hildegard von Bingen and the Persian mystic Rumi – who created love lyrics of entrancing power and beauty in their quest for spiritual unification with the divine love.

In the 11th and 12th century, as a result of this interaction, the spiritual music gave birth to the secular, personal art of song of the most passionate love coupled with the highest personal abstinance and knightly discipline.

This took place in the present-day south-west of France. The Provencal troubadours (trobar means to find, to invent) were in close communication with the neighbouring Spanish Moors.
For generations Christians, Jews and Islamic Arabs lived side by side in a unique mutual tolerance which, in addition to a blossoming scientific knowledge, led to a rich shared cultural life.

Hence the troubadour music emerged both through the influence of Christian spiritual music and the tradition of the Celtic bards as well as the proximity to the Persian-Arab-Semitic culture. It introduced a more sophisticated poetry and the soft, melismatic melody forms as well as new instruments (for example the lute in the Arabian al Ud) into the West.

The troubadour language was old Provencal or Occitanian which spread as a single literary language throughout the entire western cultural region.

It is also known that the troubadours cultivated relations with the widely spread religious movement of the Cathars in southern France. Their ideas in turn came from sources of oriental spiritualism and philosophy. With their sublime cultural language the troubadours contributed as intermediaries for coded messages. The result was that at the height of its development the art of France's medieval singers was extinguished during the Inquisition. The inspiration from the old French art of song was perpetuated by the German Minnesang.

Schirin Partowi

Realisation:

St Martini, Bremen (see press reviews)
Stadtkirche, Bremerhaven
Alanus academy for art and social environment
Festival l'Aura des Arts, France
Culture forum, Hagen
Bartholomäuskirche, Dortmund
Stadtkirche, Bad Driburg
Königsmünster Abbey, Meschede

Programme being modified:

Art and ecology: Energon (formal opening of the world's largest passive energy office), Ulm
Sekem University, Cairo

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The Houses of Religions
an interreligious colour-sound performance by Beatrice Cron and Schirin Partowi

 

Programme and press release:

Today we live in an increasing crossfire between personal and international conflicts in which religion is misused to justify violence. On closer inspection, however, despite all the incompatibility and antagonism, there is a sense of a common source between the competing sides of Judaism, Christianity and Islam – all three monotheistic religions and originating from Adam – which, of course, we must all be openly aware of.
A respectful cooperation, communication and understanding among each other is only possible if all sides actively listen and look.
Using our means we wanted to present our viewpoint on this subject and thus the Three Houses of Religions was created as transparent, plexiglas installations constructed in an individual, colourful way, each one unique in itself and yet sharing the same room.
With its tone the singing voice characterizes each house as it lights up intimating reconciliation.
Arabic prayers adapted by us and arias by Leonard Bernstein and Georg Friedrich Handel can be heard. You are warmly invited to actively listen and look! Schirin Partowi

Realisation:

Alanus academy for art and social environment, Bonn
Kunsthaus Kooperative, Hagen (House of arts cooperative), Hagen
k.k. oriental academy, Vienna
Katholische Akademie, Schwerte
Nikodemuskirche, Herdecke

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Event industry culture
 
Event industry culture

Thematically tailored performances at former industrial sites in the Ruhrgebiet such as listed coal mines, coking plants and machinery halls under the initiative of the foundation for the preservation of historical buildings and cultural history NRW and Forum InterArt Dortmund

next event:
19.Juni 2010, ExtraSchicht
Industriekultur Ruhr 2010
Gladbeck, Zeche Zweckel, Maschinenhalle

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