Music in the Moorlands – “Live now, live in eternity”
21 March at 8 pm “Live now, live in eternity”
Helga Rós Indriðadóttir and Guðrún Dalía Salómonsdóttir perform songs by Victor Ullmann and the composers who most influenced him, Arnold Schönberg and Alexander Zemlinsky.
Admission fee is ISK 2.500, ISK 1.500 for the senior citizens ald the disabled; free for students and 20 years old and younger.
Helga Rós Indriðadóttir studied singing in Reykjavik and Stuttgart and was a member of the ensemble of the Stuttgart opera for many years. In 2014 she gave an acclaimed performance of the role of Elisabetta in the Icelandic Opera´s production of Verdi´s Don Carlo.
Guðrún Dalía Salómonsdóttir studied in Reykjavik and Stuttgart. She performs as a soloist, chambermusician and accompanies singers regularly.
Helga Rós and Guðrún have collaborated since their student days and in 2009 they released a CD with songs by Jórunn Viðar.
Viktor Ullmann was born in Poland but his family moved to Austria, where Arnold Schönberg became his teacher and later introduced him to Alexander Zemlinsky. Ullmann was an excellent pianist but was most prominent as a conductor. He was taken to Theresienstadt in September 1942 and died in Auschwitz in 1944. He composed many of his works in captivity, among others the opera “Der Kaiser von Atlantis”.
Arnold Schönberg is arguably one of the most significant composers of the Twentieth century. Initially influenced by Brahms and Wagner, much like his only teacher, Alexander Zemlinsky, but he later revolutionised music in the western world with the development of the twelve-tone technique.
Alexander von Zemlinsky, connected to Schönberg through friendship and as his broter in law, was a successful conductor as well as composer and teacher. At the beginning of the Second World War he moved to the United States where he continued his career until his death in 1942.