07.09.2019 | Lecture

The “Moonlight” Sonata" from a New Angle

Nike Wagner: Lecture

Eva Vogel: Mezzo-soprano

Přemysl Vojta: Horn

Tobias Koch: Piano

Beethoven Orchester Bonn

Dirk Kaftan: Conductor


Giselher Klebe: »Veränderung der Sonate op. 27/2 von Ludwig van Beethoven in Sonate für Horn und Klavier op. 95« (1985/86)

Hector Berlioz: »Les nuits d‘été«. Song cycle for mezzo-soprano and orchestra op. 7 (1856)

alternating with thunderstorm music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Gioachino Rossini u. a.


Beethoven was aware that his Piano Sonata in C-sharp minor had an unusual form and gave it the subtitle “quasi una Fantasia”. However, it was not till after his death that the Berlin music critic Ludwig Rellstab christened it the “Moonlight” Sonata, making it the epitome of romantic music. In 1985/1986, Giselher Klebe gave it a modern form by entrusting the melody to that most romantic of instruments, the French horn. Hector Berlioz’s song cycle “Les nuits d‘été”, which established the orchestral song genre, is no less romantic. They are enigmatic, yearning and dark-hued songs, with the vocal part embedded in the luxuriant sound of the orchestra. Dirk Kaftan combines these six “summer night” songs with a selection of sounds of nature and musical storms by other composers.




Universität Bonn, Aula
Am Hof 3
53113 Bonn

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