• Upper Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth, PL4 8AA

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Scriabin Piano Sonata No.10 Robert Taub, piano
Schönberg Pierrot Lunaire Alison Wells, mezzo soprano
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Kokoro Ensemble
Mark Forkgen, conductor
The opening event of Expressionism: Emotions Unchained featured the iconic final piano sonata of the mystical composer Alexander Scriabin, paired with Arnold Schönberg’s haunting melodrama Pierrot Lunaire for mezzo soprano and instrumental ensemble.
In their highly individualistic ways, each of these works is daring and highly expressive. Scriabin used his ‘mystic’ chord to create harmonies and textures that weave a fabric of uncanny intensity, inviting us into chromatic worlds never previously imagined in music.
With Pierrot Lunaire, Schönberg created a piece ripe with paradox: the character Pierrot is both a hero and a fool, his is a male role sung by a woman who shifts between first and third person narration, performing high art as cabaret and vice versa, within an ensemble that is both comprised of soloists but also acts as an orchestra.
That these works were composed within a year of one another – 1912 for the Schönberg, 1913 for the Scriabin – reflects the intense, even feverish beginnings of Expressionism as an artistic intellectual movement in which we can revel, even – or particularly – today.
This concert is part of The Arts Institute festival, Expressionism: Emotions Unchained.
Our festival offered a unique integration of pivotal music, visual art, and film of this energetic and vibrant artistic era of unbounded influence. We hosted four extraordinary evenings with world-leading artists.
Date: Saturday 12 March 2022
Time: 19:00–21:00 (pre-concert talk 19:00, performance 19:30)
Venue: Upper Theatre, Sherwell Centre, University of Plymouth
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Expressionism: Emotions Unchained 

Expressionism is one of the most intense and influential movements in art. Its defining characteristic is the artistic interpretation of the emotions that arise from experiencing daily realities, rather than a portrayal of the realities themselves.
Our festival Expressionism: Emotions Unchained offered a unique integration of pivotal music, visual art, and film of this energetic and vibrant artistic era of unbounded influence. We hosted four extraordinary evenings with world-leading artists.

<p>Expressionism: Emotions Unchained, Illustration by BA (Hons) Illustration student Milly Gowan<br></p>
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