Message from our Artistic Director

On 14th September I will be performing Beethoven’s only song cycle ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ with Mark Padmore. I’d like to quote a passage from a letter by Beethoven to Louis Schlosser, written four years before his death in 1823. This year’s programme notes will focus on writings by the composers themselves. We look forward to welcoming you at our fifth festival.

“I carry my thoughts about me for a long time, often a very long time, before I write them down; meanwhile my memory is so faithful that I am sure never to forget, not even in years, a theme that has once occurred to me. I change many things, discard, and try again until I am satisfied. Then, however, there begins in my head the development in every direction, and, in as much as I know exactly what I want, the fundamental idea never deserts me. It arises before me, grows – I see and hear the picture in all its extent and dimensions stand before my mind like a cast, and there remains for me nothing but the labour of writing it down, which is quickly accomplished when I have the time, for I sometimes take up other work, but never to the confusion of one with the other.

You will ask me where I get my ideas. That I cannot tell you with certainty; they come unsummoned, directly, indirectly. I could seize them with my hands – out in the open air; in the woods; while walking; in the silence of the nights; early in the morning; incited by moods, which are translated by the poet into words, by me into tones that sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.”

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