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Mensch, Maschine! Musik! [en]

Conducting: The human metronome? Concert with the Magdeburg Philharmonic Orchestra – crescendo

(c) Sonja Kardolsky und (c) Ned Dymoke

Machines are being used as aids and are gradually taking over tasks that were previously the responsibility of humans. In music, a prominent example is the metronome, which teaches practitioners the correct tempo by clicking continuously.

What is used for rehearsing at home - and also comes onto the stage of the concert hall as the main actor in the context of the festival's conclusion - is classically embodied in the performance context by the person conducting. But what gulf stands between man and machine, and what aspects the person at the podium brings to the table in addition to his setting the tempo, will be made clear in this concert. Is musical interpretation also a representation of unexpected changes in tempo and expression that could never be achieved with machines and conveyed to an orchestra in this way? The audience will follow these thoughts exemplarily by means of well-known works of the orchestral literature. Students of the conducting class of the UdK Berlin will be at the podium, the baton will be used by the Magdeburgische Philharmonie.


Ludwig van Beethoven: „Egmont” Overture for orchestra op. 84
Camille Saint-Saëns: „Le rouet d’Omphale“ op. 31
Pjotr I. Tschaikowsky: Fantasy-Overture „Romeo and Juliet”
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 1 E minor op. 39

Magdeburgische Philharmonie / Philip Hildebrand, Sebastian Zinca, direction

crescendo is open to everyone! Therefore, all concerts are free admission.
Free reservations are possible here.

The UdK Berlin is committed to helping people in need. This year, up to half of the festival's donations will go to "Aktion Deutschland Hilft" to benefit earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria.


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