This program is about physical immigration and immigration of the creative imagination. Seen from another perspective, it is a program around the idea of home and homecoming. Erwin Schulhoff, like all the European composers of the mid-war period to some extent, emigrated figuratively to the musical world of Jazz. Gershwin’s creative journey, as the title of his work shows, took the opposite direction, without letting go of his native musical vernacular.
In the case of Paul Hindemith and Ursula Mamlok, however, their uprooting was not a voluntary act of creative expansion or an exciting renewal of their musical vocabularies. They had to seek refuge to the United States because their lives where in danger under the Nazi regime.
Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel adds a different dimension to the eternal quest for homecoming. It is written only shortly before he left his own country, and yet this work radiates the feeling that home is not merely a geographical concept, but an innermost state that cannot be taken away. Our program will be completed with the commission of a work to a composer that can personally relate to the current situation of immigration in the world.