“Wo die Sprache aufhört, fängt die Musik an”

The first edition of TRIOGIPFEL will pay tribute to one of the most important artists of German Romanticism: E.T.A. Hoffmann, whose death anniversary in June 2022 is the 200th. Although world-famous today primarily as the author of a body of work as profound as it is imaginative, Hoffmann devoted much of his artistic and publishing output to music: he worked as a Kapellmeister and music director in Bamberg, Leipzig and Dresden, published music reviews (including several important Beethoven reviews), essays and musical narratives, and began composing at a young age. His rich oeuvre includes stage plays and vocal music as well as a whole series of chamber music compositions, including the Piano Trio in E major.

In addition to Hoffmann’s “Grand Trio” in E major, the programme includes Beethoven’s “Ghost Trio”, Brahms Piano Trio op. 8, Schumann’s Piano Trio No. 2 and specially commissioned piano trios by Britta Byström and Frank Zabel. The Oberon Trio has invited two internationally renowned trios, the Morgenstern Trio from Amsterdam and the Amatis Trio from Salzburg, as musical partners for this successful summit storming. The musical repertoire is complemented by a carefully curated selection of texts by E.T.A. Hoffmann, presented by actress Stella Maria Adorf.

The TRIOGIPFEL E.T.A. 200 will be climbed as a long concert night at KühlhausBerlin, an exciting new venue for classical music in the immediate vicinity of Gleisdreieck Park. A place of encounter and creativity, open to partnerships, impulses, ideas – open to Berlin and its artists.

19 November 2022, KühlhausBerlin
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio D major op. 70/1 “Geistertrio”
Britta Byström: Doppelgänger Music (world premiere commissioned by the Oberon Trio)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio B major op. 8
Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No. 2 F major op. 80
Frank Zabel: 3. Trio (Der Sandmann) (world premiere commissioned by the Oberon Trio)
E.T.A. Hoffmann: Piano Trio in E major “Grand Trio” (played by all trios)
E.T.A. Hoffmann: Excerpts from “Der Sandmann”, “Die Elixiere des Teufels” and other texts