🇬🇧Wittgenstein Project


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Van mijn hand

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On August 5, pianist Folke Nauta died unexpectedly. Now that the initial bewilderment and sadness are gradually giving way to acceptance, we can focus on the future and look for all possible solutions to deal with this setback. The Wittgenstein Project will continue, that is certain for us. Resilience is the theme of our project.

In a special staging by Ellen Blom with texts by Herman van Tongerloo and a decor by Hans Jeths our concert program Van mijn hand (From my hand) lets you relive Wittgenstein's life story through music. Four Dutch composers are writing new work. Audiences react elated: ‘This music touches my soul.” 

(Concerts; dates and venues...)

Van mijn hand, Paul Wittgenstein, his legacy and the future

On the program a choice of works by: Ernest WalkerJosef Labor, Hans Gál, Prach Boondiskulchok, Jeppe MoulijnMarlijn HelderPrimo Ish-Hurwitz, Frédéric Chopin en Franz Schmidt

Wittgenstein Project

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Folke Nauta, piano left hand

Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, clarinet

The Viennese pianist Paul Wittgenstein lost his right arm in battle in 1914 and was faced with an impossible choice: Give up or persevere?  With incredible determination he continued his career as a left hand pianist, with great music as the apotheosis. 

The discovery of chamber music written for Paul Wittgenstein lead to this extensive project. Wittgenstein did not want to share these works with others during his life; they remained hidden in his library until 2001. Slowly but surely Wittgenstein's treasures are being discovered everywhere, but this all-encompassing Wittgenstein Project is unique in the world. In addition to a series of 21 concerts, it also includes two double albums (to be ordered here), four new works by Dutch composers and a five-part podcast documentary by Lex Bohlmeijer: The pianist with one hand.

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The Wittgenstein Project could not have been realised without the financial support of: Performing Arts Fund NL, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Fonds 21, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, NORMA fonds, SENA performersfonds, Gravin van Bylandt Stichting.

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