Lightness, Love and the Iron Curtain - An Evening with Beethoven, Shostakovich and Milan Kundera - The Literary Consultancy

Lightness, Love and the Iron Curtain - An Evening with Beethoven, Shostakovich and Milan Kundera

Lightness, Love and the Iron Curtain – An Evening with Beethoven, Shostakovich and Milan Kundera
17 Dec 2012 at 06:30 pm
17 Dec 2012 at 08:30 pm
Free Word Centre
Free Word Centre
60 Farringdon Road,
Clerkenwell
London
£15

BThe Literary Consultancy offers for the third year running an unforgettable and intimate winter-warmer at the Free Word Centre, combining winter glow with the best of music and literature.

The Tamesis String Quartet, featuring highly acclaimed violinists Nadia Myerscough and Anna de Bruin, Matthew Quenby on viola and cellist Vicky Matthews, will perform Beethoven’s  String Quartet No. 16 in F major, op. 135with readings by actress Edie Campbell from Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being, in which Beethoven’s question and answer “Muß es sein?” (Must it be?) / “Es muß sein!” (It must be!) recurs frequently as one of the novel’s most important concepts.

We all reject out of hand the idea that the love of our life may be something light or weightless; we presume our love is what must be, that without it our life would no longer be the same; we feel that Beethoven himself, gloomy and awe-inspiring, is playing the “Es muss sein!” to our own great love. – Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The second act will present Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor, op. 110, with readings from TestimonyBoth Kundera’s novel and Testimony are set against the backdrop of the Soviet regime, and both explore the challenges to individual freedom experienced by people living behind the Iron Curtain.

Devised by Rebecca Swift of The Literary Consultancy and musicologist Owen Mortimer.

6.30pm (drinks) performance at 7pm.

Tickets: £15 / £12 OAP / £8 (concessions)

Click here to book or call Free Word at: 020 7324 2570.

For more information please email TLC at info@literaryconsultancy.co.uk.