Students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie
Gilbert Nouno

Sound Design & Light Design

Jean Kalman

Lighting Design

Michael Wendeberg



Richard Wagner

Siegfried Idyll

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

String Quartet in E minor Op. 44/2

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Hymnen (Region II) for Electronics and Musique concrète

Approximate running time: 1h 45m without intermission

Building on Alex Ross’s lecture on Wagner, students and faculty of the Barenboim-Said Akademie explore nationalism in Germany in performed and electronic music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Wagner, in Siegfried Idyll, writes a piece for his wife Cosima steeped in the complexity of national mythology. Mendelssohn, a target of Wagner’s antisemitism in the essay Das Judentum in der Musik, leaps out of Beethoven’s shadow and writes his fourth string quartet dedicated to the Crown Prince of Sweden. Stockhausen uses the national anthems of Germany and Russia to create part of his masterpiece of electronic music and musique concrète, Hymnen (Region II).