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The revolutionary musical Path from dissonant social Criticism to musical Harmony with the Laws of Nature

 

Peter Hübner
Curse or blessing: yes

Page of the score
from the opera

 

JOURNALIST: Herr Hübner, could we say that your musical commitment to nature has gone through different phases?

PETER HÜBNER: Yes, you could say that. In the beginning, there were harmonical compositions, which, in their structure, followed those laws of harmony that also find their expression in the work of the classical composers.

Then, following my registration at the music academy in Cologne, and there being clearly influenced by the universally dominating expert opinion that the classical music of the great tone creators would find its logical development in the atonal music of the “International avant-garde”, it took the shape of sharp and dissonant musical social criticism.

In one of my first musical pieces of work for the stage, in “Curse or blessing: yes”, I gave very serious thought to the natural, individual, social and ecological possibilities for development, and particularly to the obstacles that stand in the way of a free and natural development.
And there a dissonant shape matches the musical description of such a disharmonious world view.

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JOURNALIST: Perhaps it is safest if we open up your revolutionary musical path from dissonant social criticism to musical harmony with the laws of nature through your first great piece for the stage “Curse or blessing: yes”, in which, from the point of view of content, you concern yourself “with God and the world”.

PETER HÜBNER: Yes, Kchatom, the main character of the “opera” regards the misery he sees all over the world as the work of the devil.

And he goes so far as to regard the devil as the creator of the world, in which so much misery is created according to his rules.

His friend Herax warns him of such a radical view of the world, and is himself struck dead by nature’s forces.

In Kchatom’s mind’s eye, the devil creates the world, and lays down the laws.

Thereupon, he teaches all those who strive for higher positions in the world to respect his laws in the world, and particularly to apply them in education.

JOURNALIST: In the large-scale ballet in mime, you investigate the fundamental mechanisms of such devilish education, where the individual is forced into a loss of individuality and consumption – into hidden slavery, and you also show, how outsiders are usually dealt with: with those who oppose such educational mechanisms.

PETER HÜBNER: According to these modern ideals of education of individual suppression, the developments of the great spiritual movements of mankind: the religions, are shown in front of Kchatom’s mind’s eye during the action.

During all ages, innovators have been expelled, murdered or declared insane – right up to this very day.

 

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