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Luiz Gustavo Carvalho & Charlotte Leport – Music and Poetry
April 30 @ 19:30 - 21:00
An intimate performance in the medieval Great Hall of The Lay of Love and Death of Cornet Christoph Rilke, a dramatic poem by Rainer Maria Rilke with music by Viktor Ullmann.
Charlotte Leport, recitation
Luiz Gustavo Carvalho, piano
The Austrian-Jewish composer Viktor Ullmann (1898 –1944) was one of many artists who were deported to the ghetto and concentration camp Theresienstadt north of Prague. Faced with degrading living conditions, hunger and pain, and fear in the face of terror and death, Ullmann did not surrender. Even under those horrible circumstances he remained defiant. His music helped him to endure the daily suffering. His art also comforted and encouraged the other inmates. In Theresienstadt, Viktor Ullmann noted: “We did not sit moaning at the Rivers of Babylon and our will to be creative was as strong as our will to live.” The Cornet is the last composition that Ullmann was able to finish in Theresienstadt, before he was deported to Auschwitz on October 16, 1944, where he and his wife Elisabeth were killed two days later. His music was rescued by a friend who survived the camps. The Lay of Love and Death of the Cornet Christoph Rilke is based on a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. Rilke tells the haunting story of a young soldier who experiences love and death in one night. Ullmann’s composition is a rare combination of recitation and piano. The music underlines the dramatic action, comments on it, illustrates it and thus intensifies the effect. The adamant will to live, the unshakable hope that the good will prevail, no matter how horrible the attempts are to crush it, this is the message of Ullmann’s music from Theresienstadt.
Attendance is by donation on the night; we suggest £15 for a concert of this quality but all are welcome and all proceeds support the work of The Abbey Sutton Courtenay, a registered charity. 8-25 years old attend free.