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Dance 'til the end



11:00 — Conservatoire de musique de Genève

Series Chamber music



Claire DassesseMichiko Yamadaviolin

Jarita Ngviola

Léonard Frey-Maibachcello

Anton Webern

Langsamer Satz for string quartet

Franz Schubert

String Quartet No.14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden', D 810

The music

The theme of Death and the Maiden runs through all the artistic forms of European culture. Seriously ill, Schubert projects his own suffering and the imminent prospect of his death into this myth as much to exorcise it as to transcend it. "Disappear, odious skeleton" says the girl in the original poem set to music by Schubert. "I am your friend, you have nothing to fear" replies death. This unequal and fatal game of hide-and-seek, sublimely set to music in the String Quartet in D minor, will be echoed on the stage of the Conservatory's main hall with Juliette Rahon's choreography.

Bringing together two dancers, Juliette Rahon and Mélina de Lamarlière, and five soloists, this interpretation of Death and the Maiden offers a vision of the consequences of productivity on the emotional well-being of individuals in our society. It addresses it in different forms and shows its power but also its limits, its conditions and its flaws. The musicians will be set in motion and become an integral part of the choreography.

With his Langsamer Satz (Slow Movement) of 1905, the young Anton Webern pays a final tribute to the great models who influenced him before he found his own language: Brahms, of course, but also Wagner and Mahler, as a poignant farewell to Romanticism and tonal music.

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