❗️ POSTPONED ❗️ Poetic and Musical Tribute to Friedrich Hölderlin for the 250th Anniversary of His Birth

Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
plus MAR, 24 2020

The event is postponed until a later date.

“Bald sind wir aber Gesang” (But soon we shall be song), in this verse Friedrich Hölderlin seemed almost to foresee the musical fortune of his lyrical poetry, which exerted such a great attraction over 20th-century composers. To mark the 250th anniversary of the poet’s birth, the Institute of Music, in collaboration with the University of Ca’ Foscari, Venice, the Hölderlin-Gesellschaft, the University of Udine and the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani will pay hom-age to Hölderlin with an event featuring his poetry set to music at the Squero Auditorium, On 25 March (5.30 pm), Pietro Cavallotti and Markus Ophälders will present the book “Wechsel der Töne”: Musikalische Elemente in Friedrich Hölderlins Dichtung und ihre Rezeption bei den Komponisten (Winter: Heidelberg, 2019), edited by Gianmario Borio and Elena Polledri, the result of a long-term project on the relationship between Hölderlin’s verse and music. The presentation and conversation about Hölderlin and his musical reception will serve as an introduction to a con-cert by pianist Luca Ieracitano and soprano Carolina Mattioda, who will perform piano pieces “with titles on the words of Friedrich Hölderlin” by Josef Matthias Hauer (op. 25), Benjamin Britten’s Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente (op. 61), Wolfgang Rihm’s Drei Hölderlin-Gedichte and Hans Eisler’s Sechs Hölderlin-Fragmente. The event is part of the international conference “Wir sind nichts; was wir suchen, ist alles.” Hölderlin. For 250 years since his Birth (24 and 25 March 2020), organ-ised by the Ca´ Foscari Department of Linguistic and Cultural Studies in collaboration with the Department of Languages and Literature, Communication, Education and Society of the University of Udine, the Hölderlin-Gesellschaft and the Centro Tedesco di Studi Veneziani, under the patronage of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Milan. Richard Marquis, Silhouettes and Stripes Marquiscarpa, 1999,(detail), Photo: Enrico Fiorese