Life captures movement. Out of lively pulse, rhythm originates, out of rhythm dances are born and dancing demands for music. The Partita by Bach consists of single movements and although the music only slightly reflects its origin, the actual compositional structure still reflects the moving rhythms of these antique dances. Centuries later, Zoltan Kodaly studies traditional folk music and paints a vivid picture of the diversity of Hungarian music. Bridging two worlds and inspired by North American folkmusic, Mauricio Kagel surprises us with a jazz piece. No limits in expression and movement are known to romanticism. The concept of Rubato is invented within this period and emotions are expressed more freely than ever. Schumann captures this freedom in his whirling « Concert sans orchestre» with perfection. Reflecting upon his discovery of the Campo Santo paintings, Liszt describes the macabre dances of the bones and achieves a frightening and hyper expressive masterwork of the romanticism, portraying the period’s fascination for death.
Bach Partita no 2 in c minor (12’)
Kagel Ragtime Waltz (5’)
Kodaly Marosszeck Dances (12’)
Schumann Concert sans orchestre (23’)
Liszt Totentanz (16’)
„Without enthusiasm nothing great can be effected in art.“
Robert Schumann, ( 1810 – 1856 )