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Elemental emotions in music - Fear and surprise

one interval
Festival Theatre
  • Produced by Müpa Budapest
  • Matinée Concerts

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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. We intend for the program to emphasise 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.

Age: 10-14 year
Presented by: Müpa Budapest


  • Péter Dobszay
  • voice, moderator
    Szilveszter Szélpál
  • voice
    Dávid Dani, Antal Cseh
  • piano
    Mariann Kerényi
  • Alba Regia Symphony Orchestra

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