Eine schöne Müllerin

Fri. 07/12/2018 - 20:00
Muziekcentrum De Bijloke, Ghent

Eine schöne Müllerin

“In my arranging and rearranging of images I’m like a child [...] I’m like a lunatic adorning my hair with dried flowers that are still alive in my dreams.”
Fernando Pessoa, Book of Disquiet, p. 193

A youngster, in search of a future, livelihood and love: euphoric dreams and lethal disillusions. Nothing new so far. Two centuries ago, Wilhelm Müller poetically captured this universal quest in a consciously naive style with folk-like simplicity, striving for a deep unconscious ardor in the shy articulation of what is most elevated. The burning result keeps smouldering into the present in Schubert's immortal melodies from Die schöne Müllerin, where a murmuring creek is the wordless companion of the ill-fated wanderer. For note whisperer Daan Janssens, this song cycle is the starting point for an updated reading of a topic transcending space and time. In this case, Schubert's composition itself is the guide to the exploratory voyage, at times sparkling at the surface only to submerge again as a deeply hidden undercurrent.

The confrontation with Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet places dreams and illusions in a different perspective, leading to a new song cycle subtly connecting Schubert's music with Daan Janssens’s personal language. The original score acts as a roadmap for a journey where recognition and alienation walk hand in hand in a sonorous labyrinth where all roads seem mysteriously connected.

In Eine schöne Müllerin, Daan Janssens constructs a series of tableaux for baritone and instrumental ensemble, in which the reverberations of the original linger on, reflected in the mirror of today.

Program

Daan Janssens: Eine schöne Müllerin (2018)
Doppel-Zyklus for baritone and nine instruments after Die schöne Müllerin (Schubert/Müller) with additional texts by Fernando Pessoa

Commissioned by SPECTRA, Festival 20/21 and Muziekcentrum De Bijloke
Supported by the Ghent School of Arts/Conservatory Research Fund

Credits

SPECTRA, conducted by Filip Rathé
Thomas E. Bauer, baritone

Video

Thomas E. Bauer(c)Marco BorggreveDaan Janssens(c)Kurt van der ElstThomas Blondelle (c) Simon Pauly
Pers
Creatie 20 oktober 2018 - Grote Aula Leuven De Standaard 22 oktober 2018