The Unknown Soldier,
for baritone and ensemble
Holger Falk - Ensemble Modern conducted by Pablo Rus Broseta
Standing on smoking rubble, a man recalls the myth of the Tower of Babel and seems to become aware of a parallel between the vanity of that venture and the pointlessness of the cataclysm from which he has emerged more as a spectre than as a living being. In a little less than 30 minutes Georges Aperghis, with his dense, precise and taut composition where quarter tones rule, leads us through a musical allegory of the absurdity of war as the ultimate negation of humanity.
Text based on a fragment by Franz Kafka (translation by François Regnault)
Commissioned in 2013 by the ECHO network with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
Thursday September 25th Alter Oper Frankfurt - 8 pm Mozart Saal