Although nowadays dance is clearly associated with the joy and affirmation of life, this was not always the case: for the people of the Middle Ages, the concept of the dance of death was a signpost serving as a constant reminder of the nearness and inevitability of one's demise.The four musical works being performed at this concert span styles and eras as four of the innumerable faces of dance - for both life and death can dance, as can the seductress, and the sea. For everything that is alive dances, and so does everything that is not. Gergely Bogányi is linked to the work of Ferenc Liszt, and to the religious-mystical message of the Totentanc, in an unusual way. Inspired by The Triumph of Death, one of the frescos in the Pisa cemetery, the piece returns repeatedly to the melody of the Gregorian Dies irae. In many respects, the music evokes a 20th century sound: it is no coincidence that Bartók, too, was a great admirer of Liszt's Totentanz. Debussy's three-movement work, La mer, is a perfect contrast to all of this - a captivating dance of endlessly flowing water, waves and wind.
"...to fully experience the profundities of a musical work requires a great deal of energy, but its beauty, at the same time, also provides a great deal of energy, so playing the piano thus creates a certain kind of psychological equilibrium.” (Gergely Bogányi)
Presented by: Pannon Philharmonic
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Refreshments – Without the Queue
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