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Chamber Music V: This is a joke

How music makes us smile

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approx. 2 hours / one interval

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Leonard Bernstein [1918 - 1990]
Dance Suite for brass quintet

Joseph Haydn [1732 - 1809]
from Quartet in E flat major op. 33 No. 2
4th Presto

Camille Saint-Saëns [1835 - 1921]
Septet op.65 for string quintet, piano and trumpet

Kurt Noack [1893 - 1945]
"Heinzelmännchens Wachtparade" for bassoon quintet

Peter Schickele [1935 - 2024]
"Last Tango in Bayreuth" for bassoon quintet

Julius Fučik [1872 – 1916] / arr. Rainer Schottstädt [*1951]
„Einzug der Gladiatoren“ for bassoon quintet

*** Intermission ***

Hugo Ball [1886 - 1927] / Rüdiger Ruppert / Björn Matthiessen
"Seahorses and Flying Fish" for megaphone and drumset

Rüdiger Ruppert
"Trashy-Loops" for percussion and loop station

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart [1756 - 1791]
Mirror Canon for 2 violins K.Anh.10.16

Georg Philipp Telemann [1681 - 1767]
Intrada Suite for 2 violins "Gulliver's Travels" TWV 40:108

Paul Hindemith [1895 - 1963]
"Overture to THE FLYING HOLLANDS, as played by a bad spa band at 7 o'clock in the morning at the fountain"

With opera comique, opera buffa and operetta, musical theatre includes many different genres of comedy. Apart from the plot, music also has its own means of amusing. Masters of humour were undoubtedly Mozart and Haydn, who produced early examples of music with humour. The music of the 20th century, which is often dismissed as serious and cerebral, is even richer in humour: for example, Schickele's "Last Tango in Bayreuth", Camille Saint-Saëns Septet op.65 or Hindemith's "Overture to THE FLYING HOLLANDS, as played by a bad spa band at the fountain at 7 o'clock in the morning". Compositions by our percussionists, Rüdiger Ruppert and Björn Matthiessen, are also on the programme. Laughter is expressly permitted on this evening!


The selection of works and the dramaturgical conception of the Tischlereikonzerte are in the hands of the musicians of the orchestra. They are inspired by the new productions or revivals of the opera programme to create stimulating themes and unusual programmes that are unparalleled in their musical range in Berlin.

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