Online Premiere of Christian Jost's Dichterliebe at Staatstheater Darmstadt
Jun. 01, 2020
On June 20, Staatstheater Darmstadt presents the online premiere of Christian Jost's Dichterliebe in an exciting digital film music project, led by Franziska Angerer, director, and Carolin Müller-Dohle, dramaturg. The innovative project was driven by the desire to connect with audiences while also remaining at a physical distance. Additional performances take place on June 22, 27, 28, and July 11.
This reality is very much in harmony with the essence of the work itself. Christian Jost notes:
"Love, solitude and human transience: these timeless themes pervade the seemingly simple, folkloristic tone of the sixteen lieder in Robert Schumann’s famous song cycle Dichterliebe with poems by Heinrich Heine. These lieder are the tonal realization of the imagination of a disjointed soul – an enigmatic soul singing of his love, leaving us unclear as to whether this was a genuine event in the past or merely a dream.
Schumann’s lieder in his cycle are each self-contained, whereas the sixteen songs are featured in my work as individual islands woven organically into a larger, newly created composition. Schumann’s harmonies and melodies form the basis of my work, acting as a wellspring for my tonal stream. All Heine’s texts and Schumann’s melodic lines are retained, although certain text passages are repeated or given new focal points. Here everything remains in a state of flux: a tonal stream of the subconscious. Accompanied by associative visualization, my work does not narrate a chronological story, but unexpectedly opens individual windows into the human soul."
(Christian Jost - Dichterliebe Trailer & Interview)
To learn more about Christian Jost, visit: schott-music.com.
based on "Dichterliebe" op. 48 by Robert Schumann; texts by Heinrich Heine
Version for high voice (tenor or soprano) and nine instrumentalists