Hans Pfitzner: Let the Music Speak
by Joan Grimalt
21 August, 19:30 h
Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949) was a post-Romantic German composer renowned for his songs, operas, and controversial writings. As a furious reaction to the new music of his time, which he labeled musical Bolshevism, Pfitzer viewed Jews as a threat to the legacy of German Romanticism. The talk will focus on his music, rather than his life, and on the texts he chose. His work condenses traditions reminiscent of the Europe Stefan Zweig recalls in The World of Yesterday. The fractures of the twentieth-century these days demand an effort to reconstruct the genres and references that provide meaning (senses) to this fascinating music.