Concert: ‘A Dream of Germany’

Curated by David Owen Norris and Joseph Spooner

Big image

Part of the conference (POST)WAR COSMOPOLITANISM


A concert Curated by David Owen Norris and Joseph Spooner

Lecture room at the Warburg Institute

David Owen Norris, piano, Mark Wilde, voice, and Joseph Spooner, cello

Performing works by Sullivan, Battison, Dyson, Schubert, and Owen Norris

Followed by an excerpt from Ernst Gombrich’s A Little History of the World (1936)

With Carl Gombrich, voice

Broadcast by UCL Rare FM student radio

A Dream of Germany

Thursday, May 1st 2014 at 6:30pm

The Warburg Institute, London Borough of Camden, United Kingdom

Even after a hundred years, nations struggle with the legacy of the Great War. Recently, Germany raised the delicate subject of the United Kingdom’s approach to the 2014 centenary, hoping it would shun triumphalism and celebrate the achievements of peace. Historically, musicians make a splendid case-study of the fruitfulness of international amity. For many, many years British composers were inspired to study and work in Leipzig, Dresden, Frankfurt and Berlin, while German musicians pursued careers in London. The sudden loss of centuries of fertile musical exchange between Britain and the great cultural centres of Germany is one of the least appreciated consequences of the Great War. This is the first in a series of concerts curated by Joseph Spooner and David Owen Norris that celebrate the composers for whom there was no cultural divide. For this evening’s performance, David Owen Norris will play the Grotrian Steinweg piano that belonged to Ernst and Ilse Gombrich. The Gombrichs, a renowned family from Austria-Hungary, moved to Britain in 1936, the same year that Ernst Gombrich joined the Warburg Institute, an institution in exile from Nazi Germany. In that year, Gombrich also published A Little History of the World, a book for his grandchildren Carl and Leonie.