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44 - Viva La Libertà

The road to freedom is a rocky one that stretches far behind us, and continues a long way into the future. And the path is littered with milestones of all kinds, many taking the form of cultural shifts, others are more tangible such as moments in time, and legendary speeches.

This project by Thomas Höft put the words of some of mankind’s most memorable speeches in the quest for equality, to the music of the time they were spoken. The result is a classical music concert project that documents the history of freedom, using the undulating landscape of changing musical culture as the background, performed as part of the styriarte festival.

With words from the 1776 Declaration of Independence, from the 1863 Gettysburg Address, from Dr Martin Luther King Jr’s landmark 1963 I Have a Dream speech, and two speeches by President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2016, the project chose iconic statements of mankind’s ‘inalienable right’ to freedom.

The concert consisted of words read on stage by leading Austrian actor Karl Marcovics and performed by opera singers, accompanied by classic musical works by the likes of George Gerswhin and Elliot Carter, played live by string and wind musicians. I Have a Dream combined the concepts of culture, politics, progress and freedom to create an auditory exploration of some of most important moments in the history of human rights.

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