Lutz Rath "Ur Sonate"

The LAB Gallery

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Performer and world renowned cellist Lutz Rath will perform "Ur Sonate" from inside the LAB Gallery's glass box. Originally "composed" by German DADA painter Kurt Schwitters between 1922 and 1932, "Ur Sonate," is best described as a long tone poem or "inappropriate music." A solo voice piece made up of absurd rhythmic combinations of consonants and vowels based on the German alphabet, it is thought that Schwitters, either consciously or subconsciously, was imitating the insanity of speeches in the early Nazi period. There is not a single word in the 45 minute, four movement piece. Schwitter's art was eventually declared "degenerate" and banned from public viewing. The monologue, performed during rush hour, will be piped out through speakers onto the midtown intersection.



October 17, 2008 from 17:30 to 18:15


Lutz Rath

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