FOLKWANG UNIVERSITY OF ARTS ESSEN
A wonderful place with wonderful people
Last but not least, the Folkwang University of the Arts is special on account of its unique historic buildings and the many special people who have always been – and still are – here: Pina Bausch (dancer and choreographer), Armin Rohde and Caroline Eichhorn (actors), Frank Peter Zimmermann (violinist), Lothar Zagrosek (conductor), Hagen Rether (cabaret artist), Timm Rautert (photographer) to name just a few, did their study at the Folkwang. A whole array of important cultural, scholarly and creative pathways has been forged here. And every single day new highlights are being reached – in terms of aesthetics, content and setting cultural directions for the whole region and the international scene.
The allure of the combination of flute, viola and harp lies in the rich and unusual pallete of tonecolours available, the differences in the three instruments contrast as well as complement eachother.
For listeners at the turn of the century, the combination of a wind, a string and a plucked instrument must have sounded very unusual.
Without any doubt, we can thank the impressionist period, in particular the composer Claude Debussy for this ensemble setting, in the wake of his 'Sonate' numerous compositions have been written, establishing this trio as one of the classic chamber music formations of the 20th century.