What is »song«? This is the simple and fundamental question behind the concept of »Neuland.Lied«, a project of the Song Centre of Heidelberger Frühling. The answer is: almost everything! Songs are the most elementary musical expression of man, his joy and grief, fears and hopes. We find them all over the world and at all times: in England of the seventeenth, Italy of the eighteenth, and in Germany of the nineteenth century, in popular and art music, in classical music as well as in jazz and experimental music. A true wonderhorn will be the long weekend »Neuland.Lied«, full of treasures and surprises!
In 2019, »Neuland.Lied« was dedicated to political song, which has always been a means of formulating utopias and stimulating action through negotiated hopes and fantasies. Political songs take concrete positions that we cannot escape in their force. They mock or celebrate the prevailing social orders. They are stories about emancipation, propaganda violence and system criticism.
»Neuland.Lied« 2019: March 21 to 24