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Elemental emotions in music - Fear and surprise

Festival Theatre
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest

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Is it better to be afraid than surprised? There is some truth to that (slightly adapted) Hungarian saying. Both fear and surprise are feelings triggered or instigated by something, reactions to a particular stimulus or an unexpected event. Every branch of the arts tends to build on the power of surprise, but what about fear? One thing is for certain. Even if the listeners may not be frightened themselves, the figures and characters that are depicted in parts of various genres of classical music often have something to fear.

One common denominator between fear and surprise is that both these fundamental emotions usually have a concrete subject. You could make an endless list of the different types of fears or phobias, many of which retain an element of the absurd. We are often afraid of that we do not know, or of what awaits us. Of course, we might well be afraid of current events, too. Fear is often an immediate reaction, just like surprise. The latter can and should be interpreted in relation to our expectations. Even if we are definitely expecting one thing to happen, the vicissitudes of circumstance can lead to the most unexpected events. Surprise can be positive, negative or even neutral, yet if it were possible to choose of course, most of us would vote for more pleasant surprises. The program deliberately takes that line, with works by Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Mozart and Mussorgsky for the orchestra and chorus, supplemented by commentary from the opera singer Szilveszter Szélpál.

Before the performance, between 9.45 and 10.30, we will be running a free (and playful) interactive session for children entitled Tune-up. We look forward to welcoming both school groups and individual school-age youngsters attending the subsequent performance. Please register via by midnight on the Wednesday before the performance, specifying the number of participating children and their ages. The activity is recommended for children aged 6 and over, and will take place with a minimum of six children.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

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  • Péter Dobszay
  • voice, presenter
    Szilveszter Szélpál
  • voice
    Antal Cseh, Dávid Dani
  • piano
    Mariann Kerényi
  • MÁV Symphony Orchestra

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