bauhaus / music

New research
The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung began collaborating with the musicologist PD Dr Kai Hinrich Müller and his interdisciplinary team in 2021 to systematically reconstruct the musical life at the historic Bauhaus sites in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin. The aim was to fill in the gap in musical and Bauhaus research which had long skirted the relationship between music and the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus might not have been a university of music, but it is impossible to separate music from the Bauhaus, as previous investigations have impressively shown.

The bauhaus / music weekend
2023 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus Week 1923, during which music was the main focus – an ideal occasion to draw attention to the relatively unexamined role of music at the Bauhaus. The bauhaus / music weekend from 22 to 24 September in the Meistersaal Berlin will explore the yet unknown contexts and relationships between the Bauhaus and music for the first time, as well as showcase a musical premiere.

The programme

Friday, 22 September 2023: Workshop Pierrot lunaire @ the temporary bauhaus-archiv Berlin
Free admission

Arnold Schönberg was one of the central musical figures at the Bauhaus. His music was performed in concerts and artistically reviewed, not least of all by his own students who studied at the Bauhaus. He himself had numerous ties to the institution, e.g. as a member of its “Circle of Friends”, and maintained close contacts with Wassily Kandinsky and other members of the Bauhaus. The organisers of the Bauhaus Week 1923 had planned to perform Schönberg’s Six Orchestral Songs Op. 8, which ultimately didn’t happen. However, prior to that in October 1922, his epochal melodrama Pierrot lunaire was staged in joint production with the Bauhaus. In this workshop, students from Berlin’s universities of music will rehearse the piece at the temporary bauhaus-archiv, and the audience is cordially invited to listen in!

Saturday, 23 September 2023: Concerts and more @ Meistersaal on Potsdamer Platz
Day ticket: 15 euros

• Stefan Wolpe: Stage music to Molières »Le malade imaginaire« / Paul Hindemith: Chamber Music Nr. 1
• Intermezzo in the Green Salon
• Igor Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale (Histoire du Soldat)

Sunday, 24 September 2023: Concerts and more @ Meistersaal on Potsdamer Platz
Day ticket: 15 euros

• Ferrucio Busoni / Stefan Wolpe / Ruth Crawford Seeger / Paul Arma: Works for Piano
• Intermezzo in the Green Salon
• Paul Hindemith: The Life of Mary / Stefan Wolpe: Songs / Kurt Weill: Songs
• Closing set with Jazz of the Bauhaus Orchestra

More information tba soon.