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Luigi Cherubini as a Challenge: manuscript exhibition

Date: 14.11.2014 - 05.12.2014
Place: Jagiellonian Library (enterance from ul. Oleandry 3), main lobby
Luigi Cherubini as a Challenge: manuscript exhibition

The exhibition contains Cherubini's manuscripts that used to belong to the collection of the Prussian State Library in Berlin and are now kept in the Jagiellonian Library.

Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842) was one of the most important and influential figures in the European music life of the first half of the 19th century. As a composer, he was especially famous for his great vocal-instrumental religious compositions and opera works. He gained widespread popularity for his pieces of theatre music, such as: Lodoïska, Médée or Les deux journées. Cherubini was also a respected educator, who for many years had taught counterpoint at the conservatoire in Paris.

In recent times, Cherubini and his works have almost sunk into oblivion. His compositions are hardly ever performed and most of them are completely unknown to music lovers, musicians, and even musicologists. The present exhibition, prepared under the supervision of the eminent expert on Cherubini's music, Prof. Helen Geyer from the Department of Musicology Weimar-Jena, aims to present the life and work of this wrongfully forgotten composer to the general public.

The exhibition contains Cherubini's manuscripts that used to belong to the collection of the Prussian State Library in Berlin and are now kept in the Jagiellonian Library. Besides Mass compositions and operas (including Ifigenia in Aulide, Il Giulio Sabino, and Eliza), less known pieces by the composer are also displayed. These include pieces of instrumental music, cantatas and songs.

The exhibition is open to visitors from 14 November to 5 December 2014, from 10 a.m, to 3 p.m. (Mon – Wed) or 5 p.m. (Thu -Fri).

(Source: JU Portal)