A Concept by Dumle Kogbara
Inspired by Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht
Music, Poetry…….a Female Voice…..Love, Transcendence.
Humanitas-Culture welcomes you to, what hopefully will be the start of a great adventure. The first incarnation of the theme, Transfigured Night.
The Mystique, Glamour and Invisible Power of the Night
A Transfigured Night as a happening or an experience has been a long standing source of inspiration for me. the possibility and occurence of profound change across emotional,psychological and spiritual landscapes is a mine full of creative wealth.
Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht was inspired by a Richard Dehmel poem. This poem was part of a collectionby Dehmel, Weib und Welt(Woman and World). There is a strangeness, intensity, ambiguity, sadness and beauty. In Dehmel’s poem, what occurs between a man and a woman results in the night being transfigured for them.
Tonight is not an attempt to replicate the context of the Dehmel poem. rather, it is an encounter with musical and poetic moments in time, that explore how a night may be experienced as transfigured in a context ranging from the particular to the universal. a narrative structure may be sensed and adhered to . Or maybe something more fragmentary.
However, as all experience is ultimately personal, may you make this night your own.
Dumle Kogbara (January 2010)
On this anniversary of the German invasion of Poland that marked the start of World War 2, we celebrate the bicentenary of Poland’s greatest composer, Frederic Chopin. Let us reflect upon the creation and everlasting presence of beauty amidst the violence that also endures.
This is an evening of some Chopin piano music and selected poetry.There can be a narrative or not. I leave it to you to make this evening uniquely yours, and in the process may you just possibly be charmed.
Dumle Kogbara ( 1 September 2010)
It is a tremendous personal pleasure to be in Chelsea, a spiritual home, for the final Humanitas-Culture event of 2010. It is also fitting that a yearly journey that began with Transfigured Night, ends with Beautiful Night. For, whatever the vicissitudes across our physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual landscapes, it is important that a fundamental sense of beauty endures. Also fitting is our location in the London Sketch Club. The events of the last year have been sketches, which can be viewed as works complete in themselves or as preparatory studies for further developed works. Tonight’s performnces can be experienced as a series of scenes sketched in sound, with an underlying narrative of beauty of sound. As always, please find your own narrative or non at all, by making this night uniquely yours.
Dumle Kogbara (December 2010)