War and Pieces
Award-winning British violinist Daniel Hope (www.DanielHope.com) is renowned for his musical versatility. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 2014, he is producing a unique project entitled “War and Pieces”. The evening, which is presented by Daniel Hope in either English, French or German concentrates on music and text from World War 1 (WW1), but also examines the role that war has played in music over the centuries, both on and off the battlefield. Were the musicians sent into battle leading war, or was war leading them? The answer can be heard in many forms of music throughout the evening, as well as in a poignant mixture of poetry and texts from WW1:
– A new Violin Concerto by British composer Gabriel Prokofiev, grandson of Sergei Prokofiev. The commission is on behalf of the BBC PROMS and will incorporate poetry and texts from WW1.
– ‘Militärmusik’: beginning in its early form, also including music and marches by a number of different composers, from Händel and Beethoven to King Frederick the Great.
– Popular songs during the First World War, such as “Pack up your troubles” and “It’s a long way to Tipperary”, performed in new arrangements for singer and chamber ensemble.
– War Poems by the great First World War poet-soldiers, Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, as well as German and French poet soldiers.
– “Trench Songs”, sung by soldiers in the trenches during WW1, such as “Good Bye-ee” and “I want to go home.”
– German composer, Jan Müller-Wieland’s transcription of Beethoven’s Egmont Ouverture for the same cabaret-like instrumentation as Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du Soldat” and featuring Goethe’s famous monologue “Long Live War!”
The world première of this project takes places at the Philharmonie Luxembourg on 22nd October 2014. It features tenor Michael Schade, conductor Sascha Goetzel and pianist/arranger Christoph Israel. features 1 singer/actor, piano, violin, cello, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion – and chamber orchestra (Gabriel Prokofiev Violin Concerto).