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Wednesday Series

The Musical Universe of Thomas Mann

26 November 2014
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Thomas Mann himself noted: “Music has always had a strong formative influence on the style of my writing. [...] To me, the novel was always like a symphony, a work in counterpoint, a thematic fabric; the idea of the musical motive plays a great role in it”. This phrase inspires this series, with each concert revolving around an aspect of the complex relationship between music and literature in Mann’s creative poetics: a selection of songs relating to the writer, Adrian Leverkühn’s most important musical episodes in Doctor Faustus and the leading figure of Wagner. Musical performances are interspersed with the dramatised reading of Mann’s texts, revealing the profound influence music exerted on his creative universe.

Fundación Juan March
Castelló, 77 – 28006 MADRID – Spain
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