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Schau lange in den dunklen Himmel

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Musicbanda Franui. [Schau lange in den dunklen Himmel]

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“Schau lange in den dunklen Himmel” – a lieder recital with theatrical components by and starring eastern Tyrolean Musicbanda Franui, baritone Otto Katzameier and actor Daniel Christensen – is an homage to Robert Schumann.

The “Geister-Variationen”, his final work before being admitted to a psychiatric clinic, makes up the musical substance of the evening along with other musical sleep and dream works. The unfathomable realm of unlived dreams, longings and hopes – between delirium and reality, melancholy and humour, tragedy and comedy – is explored in association with texts by Swiss poet Robert Walser who shares a similar style, Viennese Heinz Janisch, and others.

Musicbanda Franui performs with utmost virtuosity on the instruments of the Festtagskapelle of its native village, hammer dulcimer and zither joining the choir of wind instruments. Their music is rooted in the musical ceremonies of the obsequies, whereby the heavy rhythms of the funeral march accompany the parting and at the same time sustain the unbroken passions and flowing joie de vivre. The instrumental performance of the Alpine Banda, its musically lively interpretations of Schubert, Brahms and Mahler songs is as melancholy as it is beguilingly beautiful.

Schau lange in den dunklen Himmel
Ghost variations for actors, singers and musicbanda (2012)
Music theatre after Robert Schumann and Robert Walser

Composition / musical adaptation: Andreas Schett / Markus Kraler (Franui)
Texts: Robert Walser
Song texts: Heinrich Heine / Friedrich Hebbel / Robert Schumann / Johann Wolfgang von Goethe / Heinz Janisch

Musicbanda Franui
Johannes Eder, clarinet / bass clarinet
Andreas Fuetsch, tuba
Romed Hopfgartner, alto saxophone / clarinet
Markus Kraler, contrabass / accordion / toy piano
Angelika Rainer, harp / zither / vocalist
Bettina Rainer, dulcimer / vocalist
Markus Rainer, trumpet / vocalist
Andreas Schett, trumpet / vocalist
Martin Senfter, valve trombone / vocalist
Nikolai Tunkowitsch, violin

Otto Katzameier, baritone
Daniel Christensen, actor

Corinna von Rad, director
Andreas Schett, conductor
Ralf Käselau, stage design
Sabine Blickenstorfer, costume design
Bettina Auer / Andri Hardmeier, dramaturgy

A production of KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen and Theater Basel.
With the support of Réseau Varèse – European Network for the Creation and Promotion of New Music (funded by the culture programme of the European Commission) and Kunstgärtnerei Doll, Salzburg.
In collaboration with Sophiensæle