Listen: Jürg Wyttenbach's Collage Opera and Swiss Folk Music Live at Lucerne
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
August 22, 2015, Swiss composer Jürg Wyttenbach presented a world-premiere arrangement of his "collage opera" Gargantua chez les Helvètes du Haut-Valais oder: “Was sind das für Sitten!?” inspired by French Renaissance novelist François Rabelais. The 80-year-old is a composer-in-residence at the 2015 Lucerne Festival, where this performance took place.
"Humor" was the festival's theme and alongside elements of folk music, this homage incorporates Dadaist games played between the performers – members of the Lucerne-based ensemble Alpini Vernähmlassig and narrator Franziskus Abgottspon.
For the second half of the show Alpini Vernähmlassig presents a series of short, humorous folk pieces.