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In the final movement, a six-bar passacaglia theme with its characteristic leaps of a fourth and tied notes is introduced by the brass. It unfolds twice from unison to splendid polyphony, representing St.
Like Bach and Bruckner before him and Messiaen after him, Hindemith in this work employs his compositional craft in praise of God. The great Mass No.
For years Bruckner had become increasingly uncomfortable in provincial Linz and was considering the possibility of a post in the far more cosmopolitan Austrian capital. He was also anxious to relinquish his position as Linz Cathedral organist. This led to a commission from the court administration for a new mass.
It was, unfortunately, at this time — spring , when he was at last within reach of his goal — that Bruckner suffered a nervous breakdown, brought on by overwork, depression and his unhappy private life; the crisis occurred in the wake of a number of unsuccessful marriage proposals. On 8 May the composer was confined to the cold-water sanatorium at Bad Kreuzen for treatment.
The therapy helped: by August Bruckner already felt stable enough to be discharged. But for true healing he needed music — he needed to compose again. By 19 October he had completed the Kyrie, by 27 November the Credo. His new lease of life was also apparent in his writing to the Vienna Hofkapelle in October concerning the organist position. In August , Bruckner finished the Sanctus and Agnus, and by September his new mass was ready for performance.
It was at that moment that he received the appointment, signed by Herbeck, as Vienna court organist as well as professor of harmony and counterpoint at the conservatory of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde. Yet the mass still awaited its premiere — the musicians rejected the work as being too difficult. The most intimate and probably most personal section, however, is the Benedictus, that visionary inspiration in warm A flat major that, according to his own claims, helped Bruckner on Christmas Day to achieve a complete recovery.
His prayer for inner and outer peace was answered. After the Second World War, the choir and its principal conductor Helmut Koch made the oratorios of Handel internationally known in their original versions.
Since , the Rundfunkchor Berlin has been led by Simon Halsey, who places particular emphasis on stylistic and linguistic perfection, resulting in lively and exciting performances of works from all periods and in all styles.
At the beginning of October , for the first time, the Rundfunkchor Berlin is hosting an international masterclass for young professional choir conductors. The choir has been a partner of leading orchestras and conductors all over the world, including long-standing partnerships with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Juliane Banse initially took violin and ballet classes before turning to singing at the age of fifteen, studying with, among others, Brigitte Fassbaender.
At the age of twenty, she made her debut as Pamina at the Komische Oper in Berlin. In further engagements, which included appearances in Brussels, Vienna and Glyndebourne, she sang lyric soprano roles in particular, such as Susanna, Sophie, Marzelline and Zdenka.
The long list of her engagements all over the world as an oratorio, concert and also lieder singer demonstrates the high regard in which she is held. Herbert Blomstedt was born in the United States to Swedish parents.
Over the course of his textual odyssey, he changes political and re- ligious affiliation, gender, even species—never finally coming to a clear and permanent identity. Less obvious, perhaps, is the unstable status of writing itself at an historical moment when the printed word is still a novelty. Books and allusions to the budding print culture repeatedly crop up at key moments in the novel and Grimmelshausen capitalizes on the visuality of printed matter to enable word games and create ambivalences in meaning.
Not only does the narrative include a precise description of its own fic- tional medium, but the Continuatio to the novel dedicates itself largely to a fictional explication of the conditions under which the work comes into exis- tence. As it is the conclusion to the work that, somewhat paradoxically, chronicles its fictive coming-into-being, I will focus my investigation primar- ily on the fifth and purportedly final book of Simplicissimus and its appendix.
Through an analysis of key scenes of reading and inscription, I intend to dem- onstrate that text, while supposedly proffering a potential unification of self, ineluctably subverts this undertaking—that text in this apparent Bildungs- roman is, in fact, ultimately antithetical to Bildung itself.
As my point of departure, I will discuss the work as a trauma narrative in which the fictional act of writing serves in therapeutic fashion albeit futilely as an attempt to bring wholeness to a psyche shattered by overwhelming events. After establishing the appropriatness of this classification of Simpli- cissimus, I will turn to medial concerns in order to argue first that reading, for the protagonist, consists of a rending of the self into disparate roles and that text is, by its very nature, complicit in this process.
Finally, I will address the fifth book of Simplicissimus and its many continuations to affirm that text in- variably postpones and defers signification—and consequently any ultimate attainment of a conclusive identity on the part of the writing subject, the sub- ject producing text. More ironically, the final piece of advice given by the Einsiedel is that Simplicius should always remain constant.
The content of the written command for self-knowledge already requires a certain multiplicity insofar as it splits the self into two parts: the knowing and the known. This hesitation be- tween orality and writing calls into question the medial identity of text itself, just as the necessity for translation challenges the simple, singular identity the dictum initially appears to demand.
In the extensive summary of the plot of the previous books following the passage just cited, Simplicius is speaker, re- counted subject, and insofar as he is speaking only to himself audience in one. One can distill from this assumption the statement that self- expression is equivalent to self-knowledge.
Clearly, only through text—to wit: through his entrance into written discourse—will the protagonist ever be allowed an identity. In his work on the psychological effect of war, Robert Jay Lifton postulates an inherent doubling of the self that accompanies traumatic experience—a perception of traumatic events, on the part of the survivor, as something that has happened to someone else.
Writing, for Simplicius, is only an imitation of the real world, a mere mirror image. The first indication of this disintegration of the self is the split narrative perspective: Simplicius as recounted character remains fundamentally non- identical in his knowledge and attitudes to Simplicius as a narrating subject.
The name finally given to the protagonist also calls into question the ostensible sovereignty of the author —and his subsequent ontological separation from the textual world created —inasmuch as it is anagrammatic for Christoffel von Grimmelshausen. This narrative non-self-identity is further problematized by the fragmentary na- ture of the text divided into five books and a Continuatio consisting of many brief chapters each , in which Simplicius more than occasionally acknowl- edges his own sleight of hand, his reordering of certain passages and the in- credible nature of many key episodes.
Identity is also upset by an often unsteady blending of factual histor- ical detail and fantastic invention or mythological allusion, the mercurial modulation between poetry and prose, and—most importantly, perhaps —the interplay between the oral and the written to which I intend to return shortly.
Moreover, writing splits the self in the same manner we have just ob- served—requiring him to be speaker, listener and audience simultaneously. Here, Simplicius hopes, in contemporary terms, to find himself. Yet, alone on his island in the Continuatio, Simplicius will exist both as narrator and narrated subject—both subject and object, self and other.
Furthermore, hav- ing retreated into hermetic solitude not only on a hitherto undiscovered island, but under the darkened cover of a hidden cave , the Simplicius of the epilogue can hope for no immediate audience, but nevertheless continues to write.
If the goal of writing is to affix a sense of identity, it seems to fail en- tirely; writing as a therapeutic model proffering unity of selfhood ultimately renders this unity an impossibility.
Already noted is the hesitation in Simplicissimus be- tween the written and the oral. In the centuries immediately following the ad- vent of the printing press, one must similarly distinguish between writing and print. Simplicius simply cannot understand the nature or the source of this pre- sumed dialogue. Sig- nificantly, this split perfectly prefigures both the passage in which Simplicius considers his failure to recognize himself and the instance of his writing on the island.
Thus, although writing is traditionally regarded as the tool ultimately permitting the protagonist construction of his hermetic identity in the final chapters of the novel, the introduction of print into the life of Simplicius in fact introduces with it a schizophrenic splitting of the self which Simplicius will never overcome.
The emphasis is man- ifestly on the visual aspects of print: the well-illuminated woodcut and the images Simplicius sees. Yet, to the extent that the protagonist receives no answer to his queries, the visual is ultimately insufficient. Asking images to speak, Simplicius immediately establishes the paradox of print. Importantly, this conflation of categories also extends to the purely vi- sual aspects of writing.
Ultimately, the protagonist claims to have surpassed his teacher inasmuch as his writing copies the printed word rather than the written one.
What Berns neglects to recognize, however, is the key detail that the explicitly described mediality of the fictional text itself echoes this techni- cal archaism: later, on his island, Simplicius will inscribe his messages directly FLEISHMAN: Grimmelshausen 11 into the trunks of trees and write his incredible autobiography on palm leaves —still, presumably, imitating the printed letter, but without aspiring to have his own work ever printed.
Text is doubly supplementary, with writing as a supplement to speech and print as a surrogate for script. And this supplementarity—to speak with Derrida—reveals the fundamental lack inherent at each medial stage. That Simplicius comes at this backwards, beginning with print, sets in motion a metonymic chain, a sequence of signifiers reaching back, like Simplicius him- self, towards unattainable origins.
If the printed word is awarded sovereignty by Simplicius over the word merely written and this seems to be the case , then it is of central significance that his own writing will always fall short: writing, for Simplicius, is a futile attempt to return to the origin of printed text through the mediation of his mentor.
Thus text calls into question its own identity. Not only can it not be neatly classified as purely oral or written, aural or visual; but, along the same lines, within Simplicissimus Teutsch, text oscil- lates unsteadily between manuscript and type.
Text is always both; it is, in- variably, itself and other simultaneously. How can writing, for the protago- nist, be an apt means of establishing a sense of self, when his writing, by its very nature, consistently refutes its own identity? III Not only does the suggestive synthesis of the printed and the written word call to mind the cultural-historical context of the early years of the printing press, but, in this same vein, it puts great emphasis on the visuality of writing and the coeval association between printed text and emblem.
Moreover, printed matter blurs the on- tological boundaries which keep apart actual worlds from textual ones insofar as Simplicius—in the pivotal initial scene of reading—mistakes the images de- picted for reality and rushes to put out a fire he sees portrayed on the printed page.
The printed image creates radical ontological uncertainty. But, of course, Melchior Sternfels von Fuchshaim also is not his name. The [ That both of these names are anagrams of Christoffel von Grimmelshausen […] compounds the non-self-identity of the editor, the author, and the protagonist, as well as the narrator the latter will turn out to be.
Such anagrammatic playfulness is a fundamentally textual phenom- enon impossible to recognize if not for the faculty of sight. Grimmelshausen playfully posits this enigma, almost explicitly challenging the reader to dis- cover his identity from the clues he has given—anagrams and initials, that is to say: text.
IV By jumbling letters of text to manipulate their meanings and various po- tential referents, the author calls attention to an habitually overlooked aspect of language: that it is, particularly when written or printed, always encoded. Grimmelshausen trumps any perspective affording credence to natural and straightforward signification—his text offers none. Baldan- ders initially appears as an ancient statue, but, in the span of three pages, takes on the form of an oak, a mulberry tree, a sow, a bratwurst, a field, a cowpat, a flower or a twig, etc.
This figure lacks self-identity on a textual plane as well. This titular play occurs at other points in the novel, as well, with names such as Spring-ins-Feld. Furthermore, Baldanders is himself a lit- erary quotation from Hans Sachs—hereby implicitly relating the stifled quest for self-identity to literary discourse. Thus the protagonist describes his own literary aspirations. As a reader, his task is to decode by no means unam- biguous textual games.
As a writer, his aim is to bring such codes into being, not in an attempt to bridge the cleft between signifier and signified, but, in- deed, to expand it. Having lost a list of his many skills that he had written down—again problematizing the mnemotechnic potency of writing—Simplicius learns that it was stolen by his curious host and is consequently coerced into leaving behind the key to at least one of his methods: an explication of how to avoid gunfire.
He thus leaves his host an en- coded message which requires one to read only the central character out of each of the fabricated words in order to betray the latter without explicitly ly- ing. Initially, writing seems destined to supplement memory and conse- quently establish identity: Simplicius is defining himself through a written in- ventory of the various skills he has acquired.
Yet, in the end, this Lebenslauf is ultimately as empty as the one presented by the infamous Schermesser episode in the chapter directly preceding it, wherein Simplicius is audience to the au- tobiography related by a sheet of toilet paper. More- over, Simplicius has only written down the skills themselves, without any ex- plication of the knowledge behind them. If the protagonist is, as he himself claims, inscribing this inventory of abilities lest he lose them, what is the mne- monic purpose of a document that provides no indication of how to perform the tasks it archives?
This scene betrays a conception of text as profoundly treacherous. Not only is the text produced by Simplicius triply encoded—first as language, then as writing and, finally, as encrypted writing—but the message conveyed by this cipher itself purports a meaningful identity that it does not in fact pos- sess.
Much in the same way, Simplicius—himself a literary signifier, a figure of desired Bildung—never actually arrives at his own meaningful identity insofar as the reader never witnesses him in a conclusive state of being. Text, for Simplicius, is an obstacle to the very Bildung that it promises. As a signifier of himself, Simplicius is irreparably cloven from the completed identity he is ultimately meant to signify.
Grimmelshausen eschews endings inasmuch as he adds to his book not only a Continuatio, but an Anhang and then a Beschluss, and then a series of sequels, each time declaring new authorship, each time provid- ing the reader with a new, albeit often imperfect, anagram of his own true name.