The Lady from Arezzo
The great pianist Alfred Brendel on the mysteries of music
Who is this strange lady? And why is she carrying an egg on her head? What is she looking at? Alfred Brendel discovered this baroque bust of a young woman in Arezzo. Her features convey great artistic seriousness in combination with absurd comedy: the epitome of his own musical and literary preferences. And so, in his new book, great masters of nonsense meet great masters of music.
Schubert and Haydn meet Schwitters and Jandl: A good combination? You bet! The solemnity of Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey) is as profound a human experience as, for example, Christian Morgenstern’s humorous verses; music has the potential for humour, which many people don’t appreciate or even hear, such as in Haydn’s compositions. Alfred Brendel opens our ears and encourages nonsense – because without it, we cannot make sense of the world.