Photos: Jörg Mascher

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„Life is but a walking shadow… ein Märchen ist’s, erzählt von einem Narren“

Melodramatic encounters
William Shakespeare’s verses

with compositions by William Byrd, John Bull, Johann Sebastian Bach,
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Francois Couperin, Ludwig van Beethoven,
Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Erik Satie, György Ligeti


arranged by Dieter E. Neuhaus, voice
and Urte Lucht, harpsichord 


The 17th century had just begun when William Shakespeare wrote and performed his drama “MACBETH”.

The weather, a small ice age, changed the world, destroyed the livelihoods of people, caused hunger, hardship, misery.
Wars determined everyday life, power struggles for domination, property, religions. Witches were tortured and executed, epidemics, above all the plague, spread fear and terror, made death dance.
At the same time, the art of theater flourished in England with Shakespeare and his Globe Theatre and authors such as Marlowe, Jonson and Fletcher. Music also flourished on the threshold from the Renaissance to the Baroque with compositions by Byrd, Bull, Dowland. Galliards, pavanes, grounds and variations gave English virginal music world fame.

Urte Lucht and Dieter E. Neuhaus make the cosmos of Shakespeare’s time and world, of the people of over 400 years ago, which we encounter in his grandiose tragedies, comedies, histories and sonnets, present in a fascinating and also startling way.

Music from four centuries forms the bridge. It becomes stage music, illustrates, dramatizes, underscores and combines with Shakespeare’s overwhelming language to form a melodramatic round dance. Thus “Macbeth’s” bloody visions of power, “Midsummer Night’s Dream” fantasies or the wheel of life in “As You Like It” enter into dialogue with sounds from Shakespeare’s time (Byrd, Bull), the Baroque (Bach, Couperin), the Classical (Beethoven), the Romantic and Modern (Ligeti).

A special, unusual form of music theater is created: In the encounter and playful coexistence of harpsichord with its clear, direct sound and the human voice, music suddenly finds a language and language becomes music.

This project was supported by a grant from the
Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg

Saturday, 14 May 2022


Musikstudio & Galerie: Gabriele Paqué
Blücherstraße 14
53115 Bonn

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Admission: 30,- €

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THE WHOLE WORLD IS A STAGE …..  “As you like it” 2nd act, 7th scene

John Bull (1562/63 – 1628)
Walsingham Variationen




György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)

LIFE IS BUT A WALKING SHADOW….   5th act, 5th scene

William Byrd (1543 – 1623)
The Trumpetts



György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)


WITCHES     1st act, 1st scene / 3rd scene

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Largo from the “Ghost Trio”



György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)

ONE MAN: MACBETH 4th act, 3rd scene

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Largo from the “Ghost Trio”


A WOMAN: LADY MACBETH 1st act, 5th scene

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Largo from the “Ghost Trio”



György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)


ONE WOMAN – ONE MAN 1st act, 7th scene

François Couperin (1668 – 1733)
La Triomphante


György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)


ONE MURDER 1st act, 3rd scene / 2nd act 1st scene / 2nd scene / 3rd scene

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Largo from the “Ghost Trio”


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
Chromatic Fantasy

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788)
Allegro from the Sonata in G minor

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788)
Andante con Tenerezza from the Sonata in G minor



György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)


SILENCE?    2nd act 3rd scene

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 – 1788)
Andante con Tenerezza from the Sonata in G minor



György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)


FOLLY 3rd act, 4th scene

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)
Piano Sonata No. 14 “Moonlight Sonata”, Adagio Sostenuto


György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)


MADNESS 5th act, 1st scene / 4th scene

Modest Petrowitsch Mussorgski (1839 – 1881)
Die H
ütte auf Hühnerbeinen (Baba Jaga)


György Ligeti (1923 – 2006)
Hungarian Rock (Chaconne)

 William Byrd (1543 – 1623)
The Bells

CRYING 5th act, 5th scene

Erik Satie (1866 – 1925)
ère Gnossienne



Urte Lucht

Photo: Juliane Fuchs

At the age of four, Urte Lucht began to play the harpsichord. As a teenager, she attended master classes for harpsichord, fortepiano and chamber music with Gustav Leonhardt, Jos van Immerseel and Nikolaus Harnoncourt. After studying in Hamburg, Zurich (with Johann Sonnleitner) and Basel at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (with Jesper Christensen), she began her busy concert career both on the harpsichord and the fortepiano. International prizes, radio, television and CD recordings followed.
Urte Lucht performs at major festivals such as Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, Baroque Festival Arolsen, Days of Old Music Regensburg, Lake Constance Festival, European Weeks Passau, Landshut Court Music Days. She has performed with Maria Cristina Kiehr, Simone Kermes, Constanze Backes, Andrea Bischoff, Stefan Fuchs (Ensemble Trazom), Leila Schayegh and Frieder Bernius. In addition to the historically informed performance practice, Urte Lucht has a keen interest in New Music, as evidenced by several premieres and world premieres, including works by Josef Tals and Erhan Sanris. She is often heard on Swiss radio SRF as a subject matter expert in the program “Disco” and is also co-founder of the Ettenheim Music Summer, the renowned concert series for early music in the baroque town of Ettenheim.
Since 2007 Urte Lucht teaches at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Karlsruhe. From 2000 – 2003 she was a lecturer at the International Spring Academy for Early Music in Stift Geras, Austria, and in 2005 taught at the International Summer Courses in Bietigheim Castle.

Dieter E. Neuhaus – Director, Author, Actor

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Dieter E. Neuhaus worked between 1972 and 1985 at the theaters in Schleswig, Lucerne, Bonn and Freiburg i. Br.. Since then he works as a freelancer. He has directed operas (including “Dido and Aeneas” by Purcell, “Orpheus and Eurydice” by Gluck) and drama projects (including bilingual staging with young actors from France and Germany).
Of particular importance to him are the 25 open-air theater projects, where he often worked with the people of the respective city or region on the occasion of a historic event: i.a. “The Festival Sempach” (Canton of Lucerne / Switzerland – 1986), “The Weiden City Spectacle” (Upper Palatinate – 1992), “The Offenburg Festival of Freedom” (1997), “The Millennium Rush in Brauweiler” (Pulheim – 1999), City – Land – River: Kehl 2010″ and “The Emmendinger 600 Year Market Game ” (2018).
As an actor, he has designed in over 500 appearances in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, radio stations of those respective countries texts by Boccaccio, Grimmelshausen, Hölderlin, Goethe, Hans Christian Andersen and Mark Twain and together with musicians poems of the Baroque, Expressionism, the “Bild” newspaper and “The Ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner in 98 minutes”. “Come comfort of the night, o nightingale” is the title of the first joint program with Urte Lucht: music and poetry from the Baroque period.

I’m looking forward to your visit!

Gabriele Paqué

Note on parking!
Parking spots in Bonn-Poppelsdorf, about a 10 minutes walk from the Blücherstraße!

Current exhibition: Milena Kunz-Bijno presents “The years colorful dress”.
The gallery is open on saturdays between 14 and 18 pm.
After telephonic agreement the gallery can also be visited at other times.
Blücherstr. 14, 53115 Bonn
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