»Die vier Elemente« – A Mother-Daughter Project
Works by Marthe Perl, Antonio Soler, Tobias Hume, Richard Sumarte, John Dowland, Monsieur De Sainte-Colombe, Marin Marais, Francis PoulEnc and others
Hille Perl Viola da gamba
Marthe Perl Viola da gamba
Approximate 100 minutes
«The origin of all things is water« asserted the Greek philosopher Thales of Miletus 600 years before
Christ, and thus unleashed a wave of existential questions about the
nature of the world. He was followed by other great thinkers, who traced the origin of all things
sometimes in the fire, sometimes in the earth or in the air and whose ideas were
later summarized in the so-called »4-element theory«. Hille and Marthe Perl also know that behind the terms »fire, water, earth, air« that we are familiar with today, there is still an infinite, unexplored cosmos.
As a mother-daughter project, the gamba duo has eavesdropped on the fiery, surging, earthy and airy sounds of several centuries and combined them in a matinee. On their search they come across Irish folk music, travel to the time of
music of England and France and find themselves in baroque dance halls. They draw pictures of an old woman by the fire, warming herself and drinking tea, a swampy mudflat hike, tear-soaked seas
and getting caught in a destructive storm. In short: an atmospheric detour into a cosmos that can hardly be told and explored with words, but very well with music.
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