From 19 to 21 June, Continuum Ensemble presents Swept Away: a series of concerts and talks based around the lost music of Berlin and Vienna in the 1920s including works by Schott composers Ernst Toch, Kurt Weill and Paul Hindemith.
Featuring eleven UK premieres, the festival brings to light music by composers lost for decades due to censorship and political turbulence. The music is distinctly modern, encompassing a broad range of influences including the Far East, jazz and dance, and will be featured across five concerts over the weekend.
Highlights include Toch’s satirical miniature opera Egon und Emilie and the UK premiere of The Chinese Flute, a song cycle by Toch based on the same text as Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, orchestrated with lighter harmonies and coloured by whole tones and modal scales.
The festival will also host pre-concert talks around cultural life and censorship during this period of political and social instability, and in the arts today.
- Ernst Toch – Schott profile
- Kurt Weill – Schott profile
- Paul Hindemith — Schott profile
- Swept Away — more information (PDF)
- Swept Away Festival at Kings Place