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Hölderlin Ode by Jan Müller-Wieland at Festival Alpenklassik

A new vocal work by Jan Müller-Wieland entitled "Die Liebe" for high baritone and piano, based on Friedrich Hölderlin, will receive its premiere on 11 August 2004 at the Festival Alpenklassik in Bad Reichenhall. After Luigi Nono and Wilhelm Killmayer, to name just a few important composers, the Hamburg-born Jan Müller-Wieland has now set a work of the highly sensitive poet to music. Hölderlin was always his "patron," says the composer, adding jokingly "although I'm a Prussian North German." His setting has to do with the passion of fighting for a new possible reality, which at the time the ode was written (1800) primarily had the French Revolution and its consequences in view. "No gods appear in my song 'Die Liebe,' but only God's daughter: Love," says Müller-Wieland.

The premiere will take place during the course of the Hölderlin Workshop of the Alpenklassik summer festival. Renowned composers including Aribert Reimann, Wolfgang Rihm, Manfred Trojahn and Peter Ruzicka will be working on Lieder to Hölderlin texts with young singers. Alongside the premieres there will be Hölderlin settings by Hindemith, Britten, Eisler and Rihm.

Jan Müller-Wieland and Aribert Reimann will travel to Hamburg shortly after the Hölderlin Lieder Workshop to lead another Lieder master course at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, culminating in a concert on 28 August at the Rolf Liebermann Studio of the North German Radio. The subject of this course and concert will be Franz Kafka. Müller-Wieland's new work "Rotpeters Trinklied" to a text by Kafka will also be performed here.