This programme presents, on a single night, four rarely played pieces by Paul Hindemith, one of the most important innovators of 20th century music. Hindemith's works are featured in the programme of the Around the Ring season as representatives of the trend in German music that sought to distance itself from Wagner's influence and move beyond it. His caricatures are more militant than the anti-Wagnerianism of Brahms or Bruch – as we will demonstrate by playing one sketch – an out-of-tune version of The Overture to The Flying Dutchman. His burlesque Hin und zurück exhibits the influence of the grotesque; the acerbic humour of the satirical/parodic work serves as a splendid counterpoint to the more loaded, poetic world of Sancta Susanna, now being performed in Hungary for the first time. His treatment of the Thornton Wilder classic The Long Christmas Dinner, which follows a story spanning generations of a family and along with it, through a brilliant structural technique, the cycle of life and death, enriches the series of works by this extraordinary composer that are being shown this evening with yet new colours.
Partners: University of Theatre and Film Arts, The Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Hungarian University of Fine Arts