On Late Style

A Festival of Music and Ideas

© Brigitte Lacombe

April 6–8, 2018

Edward W. Said’s last, great critical work, On Late Style, explores the idea of artistic lateness and intellectual maturity. Said was working on this book when he passed away on September 25, 2003, after he had participated in a West-Eastern Divan Orchestra workshop in Seville. Now, 15 years later, the Barenboim-Said Akademie celebrates the life and work of the Palestinian literary scholar in a festival of music and ideas, using On Late Style as its intellectual and creative spark.

The opening essay of Said’s book, “On Timeliness and Lateness,” analyzes late style primarily through a look at Beethoven’s late string quartets. These works are central to Said’s thesis of late style, demonstrating the complexities and conflicts of artistic lateness, and will feature as touchstones in concerts throughout the festival.

The program will be complemented by a screening of the documentary Ghost Hunting by Palestinian filmmaker Raed Andoni.

This festival is curated by Prof. Dr. Mena Mark Hanna, Dean of the Barenboim-Said Akademie.

About Edward W. Said

Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935 and raised in Cairo. He studied at Princeton and Harvard and began his teaching career in 1963 at Columbia University in New York, where he went on to hold the preeminent position of University Professor of English and Comparative Literature until his death in 2003. His more than 20 books, including the groundbreaking work Orientalism, which opened up new horizons in the study of post-colonialism, have been translated into 30 languages. A gifted pianist, Said was also the music critic for The Nation for many years. In the political sphere, he was a major voice on the situation in Palestine and an unflinching proponent of justice and self-determination for all.


“Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said”

In anticipation of On Late Style, we offer the exclusive opportunity on our website to stream the film Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said, in which director Emmanuel Hamon captured Said’s final interview before his death in 2003.

For copyright reasons, access to the film is protected by a password, which you will receive automatically after purchasing tickets for one or more events of On Late Style.

On Late Style Weekend Pass

With the Weekend Pass for On Late Style, you have access to the entire program of concerts and talks on all three days, including the film screening at Hackesche Höfe cinema on Sunday, April 8. You are also invited to a late lunch at the Pierre Boulez Saal following the screening.

Please check our website a few days prior to the event for additional program details. To purchase the Weekend Pass, call +49 30 4799 7411.