A second home

Hannah Arendt Days at the Villa Seligmann

Poetry by Hannah Arendt and music from her time

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Alon Sariel
– Mandolin

Boris Kuznetsov
– Piano
Sonja Bürmann – Reading

Hannah Arendt is best known for her political theory. Their poetry is rarely the focus of interest. But poetry offered Hannah Arendt a “second home”. Here, her melancholy found a space and her love of the world a further expression. The musical reading invites you on a journey into Arendt’s thinking on art and the world, transformation, duration and reliability. Hannah Arendt’s poetic language is combined with gems of music by Jewish composers who had to break new ground due to the political and social catastrophes of the 20th century. With the courage of those who lived on, they left behind a unique oeuvre whose pluralistic richness is brought to life.

Alternating with Arendt’s poems, music by Jewish composers of the 20th century will be played. The program includes composers such as Ernest Bloch, Lazare Saminsky, Paul Ben-Haim, Marc Lavry, Arnold Schönberg, Alexander von Zemlinsky and Gustav Mahler. The selection of music thus combines the better-known names of music history such as Maurice Ravel with lesser-known sound artists such as Viktor Kioulaphides or Bruno Reinhardt. Both art genres correspond with each other and form a thematic bond: remembering in remembrance. Arendt formulated it in the words of William Faulkner: “The past is never dead. It is not even past.”

The HANNAH ARENDT DAYS, which have been held in Hanover since 1998, commemorate the important daughter of the state capital, who was born in Linden on October 14, 1906. A series of events on a current topic with political and social issues is held annually around the birthday of the German-American political theorist. Under the motto “Start doing! Our responsibility for the future” is the theme of this year’s HANNAH ARENDT DAYS from October 12 to 16, 2021.