...a country (Hungary) whose population, even today, is barely over ten million has produced so many musicians and so much outstanding music. I am grateful for having been born and trained there.

Sir Georg Solti
Eusebius & Florestan / 1

13 November 2021, 19.00-21.00

Solti Hall

Eusebius & Florestan / 1 Presented by Liszt Academy

Concert by Keyboard Students of the Doctoral School

Schumann: Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6 – Book 2
Kinga Krizsán (piano)
Schumann: Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 105
Eszter Kökény (violin), Kristóf Szőcs (piano)

intermission

Schumann: Kreisleriana, Op. 16
Tony Chen Lin (piano)

For a long time, the passionate Florestan and the softer, more lyrical Eusebius, these two sensitive artistic characters created by Robert Schumann, were regarded on the music scene as projections of the exalted composer's own psyche, exciting but sickly manifestations… even though these two figures did not appear in the composer’s writings as delusions of a split consciousness. Far from it. They were very conscious beings: characters of fictional texts, literary figures, elements of a narrative technique running on multiple threads and selected with remarkable perception. Schumann used them — and the imaginary David alliance which they were members of along with the master Raro — to illuminate his aesthetic conceptions of Romantic art and new music without having to engage in cumbersome debate with himself in his writings. However, the composer coming from a book-trading family was, of course, not only tied to literary structures in words. He frequently used them in his compositions, too: in his songs, the musical structure often takes the form of an independent poem built from sounds, and his cyclic piano works are reminiscent of fantastic narrative strings. The two concerts by keyboard students of the Doctoral School illuminate this relationship building on delicate image associations. At the same time, the concert is also a kind of summing up of the work and research of students involved in the keyboard programme.

 

 

Presented by

Liszt Academy Doctoral School

Tickets:

Admission to the concert is free. Free tickets can be obtained from the ticket office at the Liszt Academy one month before the concert.