“A New World”: many composers over the course of history have left their native country, and sometimes even their continent, to go and live or spend a period of time in another land.

It was frequently for political reasons, particularly during the 20th century, that many composers felt the need to leave their countries of birth because of suffering under the pressure of totalitarian regimes. Fleeing censorship and persecution, artists such as Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, Bartôk, Schoenberg, Granados, Albéniz and many others sought refuge in various countries that welcomed artists in exile. Including the United States and France, with Paris, the then cultural capital of the time.

Such exile was not always forced. For many talented musicians it was chosen. Many of them by were keen to learn about other cultures and languages. Being open to the world was seen as a necessary condition in the fulfilment of creative genius which had throughout the ages often prompted numerous musicians to travel to foreign lands. This was most notably the case for Dvořák for example, who right at the end of his life was invited to manage the prestigious New York Conservatory, where he spent three years absorbing popular American culture and where he wrote his most successful works: the Symphony ‘From the New World’.

The theme of the 24th edition is thus the musical work born out of going to a new world; the confrontation between universes, that this year’s event tries to shed some light.

MAKE A NOTE OF THE DATE La Folle Journée will take place from 31st January to 4th February 2018.

The ticket office opens on 16th December 2017.

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