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Jürg Wyttenbach: Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais

 22 August 2015 at 4pm 

Jürg Wyttenbach: Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais

Lucerne Festival

Alpini Vernähmlassig | Franziskus Abgottspon narrator

“His drive for freedom is like a stream that floods everything and in which everything has a place, from the craziest and most blasphemous to the most intelligent.” Composer-in-residence Jürg Wyttenbach has always been fond of the French Renaissance novelist François Rabelais. He is especially fascinated by the open, indeed wildly episodic layout of Rabelais’ masterwork Gargantua and Pantagruel, which indulges an irrepressible love for storytelling and “in that very moment recreates the form of the novel and language.” Corresponding to this is Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais, which was initially conceived as part of a richly associative collage opera on Rabelais that was never completed. It juxtaposes folkloric and experimental approaches, folk music instruments and advanced playing techniques, life-affirming earthiness and ambiguous Dadaist language games. Originally written for the Oberwalliser Spillit, Wyttenbach has newly arranged his “questionable, though thoroughly bucolic scenes” – as the subtitle has it – for the Lucerne-based ensemble Alpini Vernähmlassig.

Jürg Wyttenbach : Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais oder: “Was sind das für Sitten!?”

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