Stefan Mickisch: Beethoven - Wagner - Strauss
Following Stefan Mickisch’s successful introductory talks on Wagner’s tetralogy The Ring of the Nibelung, the virtuoso pianist, Wagner expert and musicologist now presents a new programme at the Theater an der Wien. Over the course of two evenings, Mickisch turns his attention to the three composers Beethoven, Wagner and Strauss, all of whom worked at the Theater an der Wien at different times. It is not a discussion of each composer’s individual works that he focuses on, but the fields of comparative key characteristics, i.e. the relationship between keys and star signs. On the basis of his exhaustive study of music literature and music history as well as musicology and music theory, Mickisch distils his comprehensive and detailed knowledge into an easy-to-follow and instructive lecture – without forgetting to add his inventive and downto-earth humour. In addition, the combination of theory and practice as demonstrated in colourful fashion on the piano fills his talks with verve and originality.