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TUEsday 17 may 2016| 21:00 |THE HAGUE | Theater branoul


Salon Branoul

Federico garcía lorca

Carina Vinke poetry reading and singing

Felicia van den End flute

Jacob Kellermann guitar
WIllem Stam cello

Jose ‘Pepe’ Garcia Rodriguez percussion


George Crumb Night of the Four Moons – Mundus Canis

Manuel de Falla Nana – Asturiana – Danza from La vida breve

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Sonatina for guitar solo

about the programme

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Federico Garcia Lorca is regarded as one of the greatest poets that ever lived under the Spanish sky. But he was equally accomplished as a theatre director, as an actor and as a musician – he graduated at the conservatory as a pianist. He considered the composer Manuel de Falla as one of his closest friend and found in classical music and flamenco a rich source of inspiration. In Salon Branoul we will present Lorca’s poems alongside De Falla’s music.


The American composer George Crumb recognized in Lorca a kindred spirit. He feels such a strong connection that almost his entire output of vocal works is dedicated to Lorca’s poetry. Crumb: “I love the fact that the poetry is already so musical, it’s loaded with musical images and images of nature. Also there’s a basic duality I absolutely love between the dark, scary side of Lorca and the very joyous. You know Lorca used to say that dead people are more dead in Spain than anywhere else, and you can feel that total blackness in the poetry.”


We will perform two masterpieces of Crumb: Mundus Canis for guitar and percussion, and Songs of the Four Moons, sung by Carina Vinke, who also will read Lorca’s poetry.

The New European Ensemble presents Salon Branoul. Music combined with literature on Tuesday evenings at The Hague’s Theater Branoul, an intimate theatre – Parisian style – close to the famous Hotel Des Indes. Imaginative programmes take you on a journey to discover how composers and writers have inspired each other throughout history. Dramatic actors read poetry and prose. Musicians from the New European Ensemble perform music which is connected with the texts. These musical/literary salons are highly accessible; afterwards you pay what you want.

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New European Ensemble is supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten (from 2017) and the city of The Hague