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Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf: World Premiere of “void – un delitto italiano” in Stuttgart

The new piece for a cappella choir entitled “void – un delitto italiano, un epitaffio” by Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf will receive its world premiere on 13 February 2010 at the Theaterhaus in Stuttgart. The New Vocal Soloists Stuttgart will perform the work during the course of the Stuttgart Festival ECLAT.

The title refers to Mahnkopf’s “void – cycle” comprising ten works which will flow into the music theatre “void – Archaeology of a Loss.” The subtitle “un delitto italiano” is intended to point out, in addition, that the film director Pier Paolo Pasolini, bestially murdered in 1975, stands for the culture of Italy of the post-war period to an extent hardly equalled by anyone else.

“The death of Pasolini in 1975 – to be more precise: his murder, unsolved to the present day – marks for me the abrupt interruption of a left-wing utopia which expanded after the Second World War in the cultural West and originated in the belief that the modern capitalistic world could be essentially changed, and also that artists would have to play an eminent political role in this. 1975 signalled the failure of the left-wing utopias and – especially badly for Pasolini – the victory of modern consumerism. Particularly sensitive people felt this earlier and drew their own conclusions from it, not least of them Luigi Nono. Consumerism, against which Pasolini so urgently warned, has long overwhelmed us. In the arts, there followed the post-modernism which represented the exact opposite of Pasolini’s absolute claim to truth. Is a Pasolini still possible today? What would he be like? Which artistic media would he use? From which cultural region would he come?”
The fact that Pasolini’s murder was never really solved is typical of Italy, believes Mahnkopf, “typical of the carelessness of the judiciary and police and for the conspiracy of political circles who were not interested in solving this crime. In my piece, I refer to the film “Pasolini. Un delitto italiano” by Marco Tullio Giordana of 1995 and to his book of the same name. The work is dedicated to Antonio Negri, one of the few successors to Pasolini, but a magnificent one.”

ECLAT Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart, Theaterhaus, 8 PM
World premiere: Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf,
„void – un delitto italiano“
Neue Vokalsolisten Stuttgart
Commissioned work by „Musik der Jahrhunderte“, Stuttgart


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