Brave New Worlds: Out of the Ruins

Musical works act as aural records of turning points in the human story. This concert series offers a number of the most celebrated works of the canon, some reflecting major developments in thought and philosophy, and others showing the before and after of cataclysm.

Across four performances, the faculty and musicians of ANAM explore the breadth of political upheaval in music, from the enlightenment utopias of Mozart to the music born out of world war, to music birthed from revolution and protest, join us for this revolutionary journey to Brave New Worlds.

“Thine only gift hath been the grave to those that worshipped thee”, was Byron’s excoriation of the French tyrant in his Ode to Napoleon. In 1941 Schoenberg used Byron’s ode to denounce another tyrant, Adolf Hitler. In Nazism’s abhorrent wake, the era’s most talented young composers attempted to rebuild something new and meaningful from the rubble. They ended up creating lasting beauties that commemorated the human catastrophe their generation had witnessed.  

Joseph HAYDN Kaiserhymne
Arnold SCHÖENBERG Ode to Napoleon
Dimitri SHOSTAKOVICH Piano Trio no. 2
Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN Klavierstück IX
Pierre BOULEZ Sonatine for flute and piano

Paavali Jumppanen (ANAM Artistic Director) director/piano
Philip Lambert narator
ANAM Musicians

This performance lasts for approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes with no interval.


The Brave New Worlds concert series is generously supported by Arnis and Robin Dzedins

Paavali Jumppanen’s position of ANAM Artistic Director is supported by Janet Holmes à Court AC


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