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“Je suis Charlie”: New Work by Johannes X. Schachtner

Johannes X. Schachtner’s new work “Je suis Charlie” for baritone and piano was composed under the immediate impression of the terrorist attack in Paris of 7 January 2015 on the editorial office of the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”. The baritone Peter Schöne with Moritz Eggert at the piano will perform the world premiere of this work at the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste in Munich on 16 March 2015.

The performance will take place during the course of the concert “Chamber Music in Dialogue: Markus Schmitt and Moritz Eggert” and is dedicated to Moritz Eggert on the occasion of his 50th birthday (25 November 2015). In his work, Schachtner sets political poems by the journalist and satirist Kurt Tucholsky, who wrote under the pseudonym of Theobald Tiger, amongst others.

Johannes X. Schachtner comments on his work as follows:
“For the programme booklet of the concert ‘Ein garstig Lied, Pfui! - politische Lieder’ in 2011, I interviewed Moritz Eggert on the special possibility of the Lied genre to speak out (also at short notice) with political settings. When I was stirred by the terrorist attacks on the satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’, I read texts by Kurt Tucholsky, whose 125th birthday occurred just two days after the attack. And so it was logical and consistent for me to react artistically to these events with two satirical poems by Tucholsky - one critical of religion as regards Christianity (‘my’ religion) and one about Paris.”

Moritz Eggert’s “Morphing” for brass quintet and accordion and his song cycle “Paradies Berlin” for baritone and piano will also be performed at this concert.

16 March 2015
Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, 7 PM
World premiere: Johannes X. Schachtner
“Je suis Charlie” for baritone and piano. Deux chansons satiriques et intermède funèbre d’après les textes de Theobald Tiger (alias Kurt Tucholsky)
Peter Schöne (baritone)
Moritz Eggert (piano)

Copyright of the photo: Margret Hoppe


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