This is our "Furtwaengler's" version: We want to emphasize the fundamental difference between the two videos. The version by which the Beethoven's music is conducted by Furtwaengler follows no metric system but the natural pulse of music, the pulse of Beethoven, instead. Furtwaengler said : "there is only one tempo and that is the correct". It is obvious that Furtwaengler's interpretation "expands" time - even in the fast, accelerated sessions. The above orchestration of moving pictures attempts to demonstrate that. Furtwaengler's interpretation is a "never ending movement of waves flowing through nature" corresponding perfectly to the universal laws of waves and to the natural rhythm of the body. It is the rhythm of Beethoven and of all great music which is unfortunately is not very often to find in the contemporary music, which as Isadora Duncan said "stands in contradiction to the natural rhythm of the body". Simplicity and greatness of movement something that animals are born with, is a goal that human beings only seldom attain. Despite that we should always try it.
We have attempted a choreographic translation of Beethoven's Egmont overture. Goethe himself, author and instigator of this musical work, as well as Beethoven, were always - through their art and actions- striking an attitude towards the historical world-stand of the time they lived. Goethe declared that art should not emphasize what is painful and that everything in a work of art depends on the conception. Egmont is a political manifesto in which Egmont's craving for justice and national liberty is opposed to the despotic authority of the Duke of Alba. Our endeavor is to remind this call of history, which inevitably has been transformed into music In addition this dance--film gives an opportunity to listen to this great music of Beethoven, which should be given to all people and not only to a small minority; for it is as Isadora Duncan said' the bread and air of humanity".
Sound Recording: "Wilhelm Furtwängler, Berlin Philharmonic-Overture Egmont op.84 : Overture"
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