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Musik für das Ende

The Canadian Claude Vivier was one of the most brilliant composers of the twentieth century – not only because of his terrific, goosebump-inducing music, but also because of his lifestyle and the circumstances of his death: while working on the piece »Glaubst Du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele« (Do You Believe in the Immortality of the Soul), he was robbed and murdered by a 19-year-old prostitute in Paris in 1983. Death is also the theme of his »Musik für das Ende« (Music for the End) for 20 voices and percussion. The Canadian contemporary music ensemble Soundstreams now weaves a production around these two works, which sees Vivier physically resurrected. The intimate setting, in which the audience sits in a circle around a central stage, produces a particular intensity. The New York Times experienced a »shadowy, otherworldly rite, almost medieval in its soberly overlapping incantations«.


Ensemble Soundstreams

David Fallis musical director

Chris Abraham stage direction

Zack Russell playwright, assistant director

Judith Bowden stage design, costume design

Kimberly Purtell lighting design

Richard Feren sound design

Patrick Lavendar production


»Musik für das Ende«

Claude Vivier
Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele
Musik für das Ende