Camerata Variabile — Musketiere (Musketeers)

Don Bosco Basel
Thursday, 02 November

Alexandre Dumas made the three friends and their motto "one for all, all for one" world famous in 1844 with his novel “The Three Musketeers.” It is perhaps the kind of community with which Camerata Variabile most identifies. If you try to explain to someone how different it feels to play in a chamber music group than in an orchestra, you are most likely to be understood if you say that the orchestra is set up more like an army, while a good chamber music group resembles the musketeers. Their unwavering loyalty to each other, despite all their differences in character, their unconventional genius, always taking sides against power structures and intrigues, as well as their agility and self-responsibility made them justifiably legendary. All this made the Three Musketeers a force to be reckoned with, despite their small numbers.
The program begins at the court of King Matthias with a dance suite by the Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas. He was the teacher of György Kurtág and György Ligeti and left behind more than 700 works when he died in 2000.
The program then refers to the Swiss tradition of mercenary service: for 400 years, Swiss soldiers served in foreign armies. This included almost all of Europe—from Great Britain to Italy, France, and the Habsburg Empire. They were famous and notorious for their bravery, and military documents in France indicated that they deserted for only two reasons: either they were not paid, or they heard someone singing a “Zäuerli.” This made them so homesick that they got sick and had to go back home. That is why the singing of these slow yodels was forbidden in the military service. In this context the concert includes some of the musicians’ favorites from the cycle "Verliebt i Züri" by Fabian Müller. In it, Swiss dances and melodies can be heard again and again, and with them, the orchestra wants to send a little greeting from our time to the Swiss Foreign Legionnaires of that time.
Tickets are CHF 40 for adults and CHF 20 for students and youths under age 18.


Don Bosco Basel
Waldenburgerstrasse 34
4052 Basel

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