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Siegfried Mauser live at the Ernst Krenek Forum on 19 October


Pianist and musicologist Siegfried Mauser, the highly regarded interpreter of the piano music of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, will present a lecture recital with works by Paul Hindemith and Ernst Krenek on Thursday, 19 October.

In the 1920s, the two young composers Ernst Krenek (1900–1991) and Paul Hindemith (1985–1963) found themselves in similar developmental phases in terms of musical style. Both were considered “enfants terribles” and reacted to the altered reception circumstances, the rapid technical developments, and the social restructurings that defined the period after the First World War. They liberally made use of the colorful palette of established stylistic devices in order to bring New Music back in contact with the general public. Elements of baroque music, the music of the classical and romantic eras could be juxtaposed with the lively sounds of modern dance music.

There were also personal points of contact: Krenek dedicated his Third String Quartet to Hindemith, who premiered it in 1923 at the Salzburg Festival with his Amar Quartet. Yet, above all for Krenek, this supposed closeness also had a reverse side, for the depictions in his memoirs are suggestive of a rather contentious relationship that was likewise marked by competition.

Pianist and moderator of this concert is Siegfried Mauser, who is one of the most important interpreters of the piano works of the twentieth century, in particular of those by Paul Hindemith, Wilhelm Killmayer, and Wolfgang Rihm. He has made CD recordings of the complete piano works of Hindemith, Alexander Zemlinsky, and Karl Amadeus Hartmann, as well as of all the piano sonatas of W.A. Mozart and the piano music of Claude Debussy, and much more.

We cordially invite our audience, in a relaxed atmosphere over a glass of Krems wind from Leseshof Stagård, to enjoy, listen, and participate, and with that to actively help shape our Forum – entirely in the sense of its antique model.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 at 7 p.m.
Ernst Krenek Forum, Minoritenplatz 4, 3500 Krems-Stein

Admission: EUR 20.- / reduced EUR 10.-; Tickets available at the box office.

Because of the limited space available, please reserve your tickets in advance at office(at)krenek.com or tel. +43 / 2732 / 71 570 - 13.