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Schedule - Deutsche Oper Berlin

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In the parquet foyer

Chamber Music VI: From the New World

America in the 20th century

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approx. 2 hours / one interval

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Philip Glass [*1937]
String Quartet No. 3 "Mishima"

Florence Price [1887 - 1953]
"Deserted Garden" for violin and piano

Ruth Pereira Medina
„Cadenza de Pajarillo“ for flute solo
based on Omar Acosta [*1964] „Cadenza“

Astor Piazzolla [1921 - 1992]
Grand Tango for violoncello and piano

*** Intermission ***

Béla Bartók [1881 - 1945]
Contrasts for clarinet, violin and piano

Antonín Dvořák [1841 - 1904]
String Quartet No. 12, op. 96
"American Quartet"

In the last Tischlereikon concert of the season, the orchestra's musicians negotiate the clash between the spheres of traditional European music and various facets of American culture. One famous example is Antonín Dvořák, who not only christened his most famous symphony ‘From the New World’, but also absorbed stylistic influences for the ‘American’ string quartet he composed shortly afterwards: pentatonic harmony and syncopated rhythms characterise the musical texture. On the other hand, Béla Bartók's ‘Contrasts’, commissioned by the clarinettist Benny Goodman in 1939, were influenced by jazz, which was still in its infancy at the time and thus helped to establish the Hungarian composer in the USA even before he emigrated a year later. Over the course of the 20th century, more and more genuinely American styles emerged, be it the colourful tonal language of the African-American composer Florence Price or Philip Glass' minimal music, which emerged as a counter-design to European aesthetics. With the Argentinian Astor Piazzolla, the programme is rounded off with Latin America's most influential composer and founder of Tango Nuevo.


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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