classical music

Faust: The Life of a Composer

Part of Classical Season 2019/20

Music by Mahler, Wagner and Schoenberg comes at the cost of a man’s soul in this chamber concert by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Legend has it that guitarist Robert Johnson sold his soul to the Devil to become a great blues musician.

The German writer Thomas Mann imagined a composer who did the same, entering a pact guaranteeing him 24 years of musical genius and a radical new method of musical composition, similar to Arnold Schoenberg’s serialism.

This concert features music referenced in Mann’s subsequent novel, Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkühn, Told by a Friend, performed in unusual arrangements for the OAE’s chamber group.

It’s an extraordinary tour of key moments of German Romantic music.

These include Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and Schoenberg’s revolutionary Chamber Symphony No.1.

Behind Mann’s updating of the Faust legend lies a chilling analysis of Germany’s fall into nihilism and then Nazism in the 1930s.

Performers

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Geoffrey Paterson conductor
narrator to be confirmed

Repertoire

Wagner: Prelude to Act 3 from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg *
Pfitzner: Prelude to Act 2 from Palestrina *
Schoenberg: Chamber Symphony No.1, Op.9
Interval
Webern: Concerto for 9 instruments, Op.24
Mahler: Kindertotenlieder *

Dates & times

25 Mar 2020
Approximate run time: 105 mins
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where

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Pricing

£10 - £60
Booking fee: £3.00 (Members £0.00)

Multi-buy discount

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Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 2 – 3 events (15% discount); 4 – 6 events (20% discount); 7 – 8 events (25% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats.

Concessions

25% off (limited availability)
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need to know

* chamber arrangements

Ticketing

Multi-buy discount
Book multiple Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment events in the same transaction and receive a discount: 2 – 3 events (15% discount); 4 – 6 events (20% discount); 7 – 8 events (25% discount). Events must be in the 2019/20 season. This discount is not available on Premium seats.