Alessandro Solbiati's 'Il Suono Giallo',
enjoyed by GIUSEPPE PENNISI
It is not generally known that painter Wassily Kandisky (1866-1944) was also the author of 'color-dramas', conceived as Gesamkunstwerk, a 'total work of art' where words, music, singing, ballet and mime all converged to a single message or theme. Il Suono Giallo ('Der Gelbe Klang') was written in German in 1909 in Berlin and published in 1912 but was never staged during Kandisky's lifetime; a much awaited Munich production in 1914 was cancelled due to the outbreak of World War I. Only in the nineteen seventies was it finally performed, mostly in United States experimental theatres (the Guggenheim Museum and Marymount Manhattan Theatre). Then it was staged in Paris at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and has since been staged at the Altes Opera, Frankfurt am Main, the Theatre im National in Bern, and at the NIA Centre, Manchester...
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