Rivalry in Music – Schönberg vs. Stravinsky

2021, 52′, directed by Sylvie Kürsten, English.

Sunday 9 January 2022 at 20:00 Beirut time / 19:00 CET
Online screening
Followed by a discussion on Zoom Platform with
Lama Tyan & Sylvie Kürsten in English & French.
Moderator Alice Mogabgab,
Online event

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At the beginning of the 20th century there were two celebrated liberators of music who were the complete opposite of each other: the stylishly nonchalant Igor Stravinsky who revolutionized the musical field from the rhythm-section on the one hand – and on the other the smart and world-weary Arnold Schoenberg with his visionary 12-tone-music. What started as a respectful meeting of two composers soon turned into a bitter rivalry that led to a fundamental debate about progress and truth in music. We travelled to L.A., Vienna and Venice to trace the steps of the two genius composers.
The documentary screening is followed by a discussion with Lama Tyan, Operatrotter founder, and Sylvie Kürsten, the film director, in English and French,



Sylvie Kürsten has been working as a documentary film director in the arts and culture sector since 2011. The films, which are mostly set at the crossroads on art and society, she likes to describe as “HinterSINNlich”: with as much meaning as possible, but always poetic and sensuous and certainly not without a wink. For her film “The venus gone astray. Smuggling” in the four-part series “Art and Crime” she and her team was honored with the “Grimme Preis der Marler Gruppe” 2016, one of the most prestigious awards for German Television. Since the termination of her editorial traineeship at the Northern Public Broadcasting Station 2008, the freelance cultural journalist has repeatedly worked for cultural TV magazines such as ARD titel thesen temperamente or ZDF aspekte. Besides Sylvie Kürsten is moderating various live events, creates podcasts and audio walks or is conceptualizing own projects like the jazz-excursion “The Kennedy-Story” for the Sommerliche Musiktage Hitzacker 2011

Lama Tyan, interior designer, came to the opera house out of passion. Fascinated by this “total art”, she offers since 2003 a program of listening and appreciation of lyrical art and organizes cultural trips since 2013. Passionate about music and art, keen on culture and languages, chorister for her pleasure, Lama created OperaTrotter in order to share her passion.

Alice Mogabgab has been the artistic director of the Beirut Art Film Festival since 2015. After studying art history at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, she returned to Lebanon in 1991 where she offered introductory courses in the history of art at the Académie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts (ALBA). In 1994, she opened her contemporary art gallery in Beirut and became passionate about the artists of today. In 2018, she inaugurated a second space in Brussels.

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