Free events at Southbank
At 1pm and 2.30pm in the foyer spaces, one of Arnold Schoenberg‘s most important compositions, Pierrot Lunaire, will be performed by the students of the Royal Northern College of Music. Pierrot Lunaire is one of the most innovative melodrama for voice and instrumental quartet of the last century, based on 21 poems by Albert Giraud. The poems are neither read nor sung, but they’re intonated according to the specific technique of “Sprechgesang”, literally “speech-singing” translated from German. This was considered stylish in the beginning of last century especially for cabaret. If after this performance you fill inspired and want to continue discovering other cultural masterpieces of the last century, then you don’t need to go far away. Just stay at Southbank Centre. Easy eh?!
At 8 pm, Death in Venice of Luchino Visconti will be screened. This illustrious film is based on another masterpiece, Thomas Mann’s homonymous novel. Remember to pay attention to the soundtrack, mainly taken from the extremely evocative and longing music of Gustav Mahler. Both events are part of the festival “The Rest is Noise”. You can find the full program at the Southbank Centre website.