Film & Concert

Film & Live Music

Beckett | Saunders & G. Richter

“Crazy inventions for television” – this is what Samuel Beckett called the pieces that he developed with Südfunk Stuttgart between 1977 and 1982. They will be presented as part of an evening of films with live music at Zoo Palast Berlin, and among them is “Ghost Trio”, whose title alludes to Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Trio op 70, a composition that plays an important part in the film. The second part of the evening will feature the large-format film “MOVING PICTURES (946-3)” by Gerhard Richter and Corinna Belz, with music composed by Rebecca Saunders and played by trumpet virtuoso Marco Blaauw.

Film still from the film “Not I”

Film still from the film “Not I”. Samuel Beckett (text), Anthony Page (director), Billie Whitelaw (actor)

“Samuel Beckett’s late prose works have had a profound influence on my work. Beckett weighs every word, his shadows, his echoes”, Rebecca Saunders professed. From the age of 60, the author turned to television, a medium that may no longer have been cutting edge at the time, but that was still unprecedented in its wide distribution. Because his cooperation with British broadcasting institutions dragged on, Beckett turned to Südfunk Stuttgart (a part of Südwestrundfunk today). With their production team, he realised and directed four projects between 1977 and 1982 (“crazy inventions for televisions”), including “Ghost Trio”, which is based on Beethoven’s eponymous Piano Trio in D major.

Rebecca Saunders shares Beckett’s affinity to moving images and his way of forming time through art and suspending its measured process. “946-3” was originally a painting by Gerhard Richter, from which he and Corinna Belz created a film of moving colours. Saunders was fascinated by “his radiance, his hypnotizing, absolute concentration and above all, his way of suspending any sense of time”. She wrote the music for this abstract film for trumpet player Marco Blaauw who will perform at the Philharmonie three days previously in the concert with Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, in Rebecca Saunders’ composition “White” for trumpet solo.

Programme

Samuel Beckett (1906 – 1989)
Ghost Trio (1975/76)
With the actors Klaus Herm, Irmgart Forst
and directed by Samuel Beckett
SDR 1977 production

Samuel Beckett
Not I (1973)
With the actor Billie Whitelaw
and directed by Anthony Page
A joint production of BBC London and RM Productions London

Gerhard Richter (*1932) & Corinna Belz (*1955)
MOVING PICTURE (946-3)
New version (2019/2020)

Corinna Belz film production

with a composition of the same name by
Rebecca Saunders (*1967)
for trumpet solo and electronics (2019/20)
World premiere of the final version

Cast

Marco Blaauw trumpet
Sebastian Schottke sound direction

Programme and cast are subject to change

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event.