Ulla von Brandenburg, Arnold Schönberg, Erwin Ortner, Arnold Schoenberg Chor
Friede auf Erden
Music, Visual Arts
Language German
Duration approx 70 min
Price EUR 40

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Previous dates
15 May
Time 8.30pm
17 May
Time 8.30pm
18 May
Time 8.30pm
19 May
Time 8.30pm
Other dates
© Nurith Wagner Strauss
© Nurith Wagner Strauss
© Nurith Wagner Strauss
© Nurith Wagner Strauss
© Nurith Wagner Strauss
  • Paper-free evening programme

    Find a text by Lisa Moravec on Friede auf Erden here.

  • Q & A

    17 May, following the performance

  • Introduction to the music

    with Erwin Ortner, 18 May, 7.30pm

  • Thanks to

    The performances in Vienna are sponsored by Institut français d'Autriche and Dorotheum.

‘Thou shalt not make unto thee any image. For an image restricts, limits, contains what should remain unlimited and unimaginable’ reads a choral piece by Arnold Schoenberg. Following a commission by the Wiener Festwochen, visual artist Ulla von Brandenburg teams up with actors, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir and musicians of the Klangforum Wien to stage seven vocal pieces by the exceptional composer at the Jugendstiltheater am Steinhof. Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) is a synaesthetic journey through architecture, colours and moods. A choir – a single entity comprised of many voices – affords a material form to the music and its multitude of sounds. Well versed in cultural history, yet playfully committed to the evanescent, Ulla von Brandenburg initiates a Gesamtkunstwerk as many different voices come together. A hint of utopian forms of community is sounded. For ‘art is not to produce mere beauty, but to raise questions, to intensify disharmonies and complexity.’

  • Musical works

    Arnold Schönberg, Das Buch der hängenden Gärten op. 15 (1907–1909),
    Lieder 1, 2 und 11 Text: Stefan George
    Arnold Schönberg, Drei Volksliedsätze op. 49 (1948), Text: anonym überliefert
    Arnold Schönberg, Drei Satiren op. 28 (1925/26) Text: Arnold Schönberg Arnold Schönberg, Dreimal tausend Jahre op. 50A (1949) Text: Dagobert D. Runes (c) Arnold Schönberg Center
    Arnold Schönberg, Vier Stücke op. 27 (1925) Text: Arnold Schönberg (1, 2), Tschan-Jo-Su / Hans Bethge (3, 4)
    Arnold Schönberg, Psalm 130 op. 50B (1950) Text: anonym überliefert
    Arnold Schönberg, Friede auf Erden op. 13 (1907/11) Text: Conrad Ferdinand Meyer

  • Artistic Team

    Artistic direction Ulla von Brandenburg With music by Arnold Schönberg, Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, op. 15, Drei Volksliedsätze, op. 49, Drei Satiren, op. 28, Dreimal tausend Jahre, op. 50A, Vier Stücke, op. 27, Psalm 130, op. 50B, Friede auf Erden, op. 13 Conductor Erwin Ortner Choir Arnold Schoenberg Chor Soprano Susanne Grunsky, Sarah Handsteiner, Elisabeth Hillinger, Ayane Ishikawa, Petra Kukkamäki, Eva Reicher, Magdalena Severin, Elke Voglmayr Alto Anne Alt, Catherina Berzé, Christine Rösslhuber, Katja Scheibenpflug, Daniela Sonntag, Karin Stifter, Molly Wurth, Anna Zalto Tenor Calon Danner, Michal Juraszek, Takanobu Kawazoe, Patrick Kühn, Gyrðir Viktorsson, Hubert Zöberl Bass Alexander Arbeiter, Lei Chen, Eugen Condria, Zacharias Galaviz, Kazuhiro Terada, Andreas Werner Solo Soprano Ursula Langmayr Solo Alto Johanna Krokovay Solo Tenor Tore Tom Denys Solo Bass Marcell Attila Krokovay Ensemble Klangforum Wien Violin Sophie Schafleitner Violoncello Benedikt Leitner Piano Clemens Zeilinger Artistic collaboration, Set design Sabine Tarry Light design Georg Veit Dramaturgy Benoît Résillot With Benoît Résillot, Sabrina Baldassarra, Duncan Evennou, Giuseppe Molino

  • Production

    A commission and a production by Wiener Festwochen

    Premiere May 2022, Wiener Festwochen

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