Coenen-Rowe A Cosmic Joke
Kandinsky/de Hartmann, orch. Schuller The Yellow Sound
Tuesday 12th May, 8.00pm (6.45pm FREE pre-performance talk with Dr Georgina Paul & Professor Peter Franklin in the Vernon Harcourt Room at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford)
Wednesday 13th May, 8.00pm
Jacqueline du Pre Music Building at St Hilda’s College, Oxford
Tickets £5, bookable here: https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/ticketsoxford/#event=19714
In this multimedia collaboration, four graduate students aim to present the aesthetic strands of two early twentieth-century works and their contemporary possibilities. A staged production of Kandinsky’s colour opera The Yellow Sound, paired with Schreker’s Kammersymphonie and Lewis Coenen-Rowe’s A Cosmic Joke, will explore the potential of staging concert works and the affective possibilities of lighting design in music.
The Yellow Sound or Der Gelbe Klang, is a 30-minute colour opera by Kandinsky and was first published in the almanac Der Blaue Reiter in 1911. Though plans for its performance never materialised, the work was eventually completed and performed in 1982 in conjunction with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The opera is divided into six ‘pictures’ and is devoid of narrative or a plot: its emphasis is on movement, colour and expression.