Word and Music meet

To throw a completely new light onto music and its creator was the idea for a project that started in 2001 with Chopin and has continued via Beethoven, Mozart, Schubert and Mendelssohn to George Gershwin. The basic idea for concert and CD-programmes has always been the same: music is joined by texts through which women talk about special stations in the composer’s life.

Chopin is represented by the authoress George Sand, who talks about their “Winter on Mallorca”, whereas Beethoven’s music joins the memories of the poetess Bettina von Armin about a “World in Harmony”. The Mozart programme bears the title “Harlequin looking for Colombine” and Franz Schubert, in a programme called “Hungarian Melody”, appears as the restless wanderer in his search for the lost Paradise. The singer Jenny Lind is carried “On wings of song” in Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s offering, and it is the woman composer Kay Swift who steps onto the stage with music by George Gershwin in “Rhapsody in Blue”.

The texts for these programmes that have been devised by Sebastian Knauer, are written by his father Wolfgang Knauer.

Sebastian Knauer is joined for these diverse programmes by the actresses Hannelore Elsner (in lifetime), Martina Gedeck and Gudrun Landgrebe. The ensemble appears regularly in Germany, Switzerland and Austria and is a welcome guest at all the big festivals.


All programs could be translated in different languages.