Facing exile as well as being away from homelands has been the source of inspiration and creativity for composers and musicians since centuries. Wagner composes his Wesendonck Lieder when he was banished from Sachsen and is forced to live in Zürich. Mahler refers to himself as being homeless and exiled threefold: „As a Bohemian among Austrians, as an Austrian among Germans and being a Jew in the whole world.“ Liszt is the typical figure of the adventurous voyager within the 19th century. He leaves his country at a very early stage and departs on a journey throughout Europe. The programme unites three different realities of being exiled: The political exile of Richard Wagner, the inner one of Gustav Mahler and the chosen adventurous exile of Franz Liszt.
3 Works. 1 Topic.
Wagner: 5 Wesendonck Lieder (20’)
Mahler/Berrut: Adagietto from the 5th Symphonie, Menuetto from the 3rd Symphonie (17’)
Liszt: Sonata in b minor (35’)
I am thrice homeless, as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world.
Gustav Mahler ( 1860 – 1911 )