“The Young Man and Death”
This CD brings together a work commemorating the victims of war, a piece written by a young
man obsessed with death, a quartet interrupted by its composer’s death, and a work in homage to
the supremacy of nature: it is a romantic program if there ever was one. Let us remember that the
exaltation of the self in the romantic artist was a necessity for both composition and interpretation.
Death, even if tragic, was heroic. The romantic self was fed by its human passions, but also by its
fascination with nature. In this way, artists associate culture with nature.
In today’s world of consumption and technology are we still able to stand in awe of nature as the
romantics did? Can we understand today the courage necessary during the Romantic period to
face the constant threat of death from even minor illness and ever present war? Can we relate to
the extreme emotions of romantic artists, even if today, they might appear overly passionate?
With this post-modern background, our multi-cultural artistic ensemble aims to revive the torch of
the romantic artists. Peace, wonder, and passion guide us in our search.