Chor@Berlin: Prinzip Hoffnung IV - Die menschliche Ordnung
A world premiere and an anniversary: as part of their five-part concert series "Prinzip Hoffnung" (the principle of hope) on the occasion of their 15th anniversary, Vocalconsort Berlin, one of the best chamber choirs in Germany, will premiere a new composition at Chor@Berlin. With "alphabet", and as a commission from the ensemble, Berlin composer Frank Schwemmer has set to music excerpts of the long poem of the same name by Danish poet Inger Christensen. "apricot trees exist, apricot trees exist". With this single-line verse on the letter A, the poem "alphabet" by Inger Christensen, one of the most important poets of the 20th century, begins. It ends with 610 lines on the letter N. In them, Christensen orders words and thus evokes the existence of things in order to save them from their possible disappearance in times of atomic and hydrogen bombs – because "hydrogen bombs exist / a plea to die / as people used to die / one day in ordinary / weather..."