Die Frau Marlene Dietrich

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Schumacher/Schumann

Die Frau Marlene Dietrich

The ever enigmatic Marlene Dietrich meets the subtle music of composer and vibraphone player Pascal Schumacher from Luxembourg. Conducted by German conductor and composer Christian Schumann, this project is a challenging and innovative approach to the silent movie "Die Frau, nach der man sich sehnt" (French title: "L'Énigme" // English title: "The Woman One Longs for"), originally produced in 1929.

In this melodrama directed by Kurt Bernhardt and based on the novel by Max Brod, the beautiful but mysterious and haunted woman Stascha (Marlene Dietrich) crosses paths with Henri Leblanc, in his quest for a wealthy bride in order to secure the financial future of his family's company. This fatal meeting ultimately ends in a desperate act of murder.

This film-concert can be experienced with full orchestral accompaniment (recorded with the WDR orchestra, Germany) or in a more intimate setting with a smaller ensemble (premiered by United Instruments of Lucilin, Luxembourg).

The composition by Pascal Schumacher is:

* commissioned by the Philharmonie Luxembourg
* supported by the Ministry of Culture Luxembourg

 

Photo: © Sébastien Grébille

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Marlene Dietrich

Biographical Data

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December 27, 1901
Birth of Marie Magdalene Dietrich in Berlin-Schöneberg. Second daughter to parents: Louis Erich Otto Dietrich and Elisabeth Ottilie Josefine née Felsing.
1907 to 1919 
Attends school in Berlin and Dessau.
1920/21 
Studies violin in Weimar
October 1922 
First roles in Berlin theaters, among others the Grosses Schauspielhaus Berlin (director: Max Reinhardt); first parts in feature films.
May 17, 1923 
Marriage to Rudolf Emilian Sieber (born 1897). They never divorced.
December 13, 1924 
Birth of her daughter Maria Elisabeth Sieber. 

Summer 1927 
First leading role in the film CAFÉ ELECTRIC (German Title: WENN EIN WEIB DEN WEG VERLIERT) with Willi Forst (Austria, directed by Gustav Ucicky).
October 1929 
Screen test and contract for the film DER BLAUE ENGEL (THE BLUE ANGEL, directed by Josef von Sternberg).
April 1, 1930 
Premiere of DER BLAUE ENGEL (THE BLUE ANGEL) in Gloria-Palast, Berlin.
April 2, 1930 
Travels without family by ship SS Bremen to America.
November 14, 1930 
Premiere of her first American film MOROCCO, directed by Josef von Sternberg.
December 6, 1930 – April 17, 1931 
Returns to Berlin. Picks up her daughter to live in Beverly Hills.
1935 
After working together on seven films, separation of her director Josef von Sternberg.
1937 
Applies for American Citizenship
June 9, 1939 
Acquires American Citizenship.
1944/45 
Performances for American soldiers, in the field, in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany.
September, 1945 
Sees her mother in Berlin
November 3, 1945 
Death of her mother in Berlin
November 18, 1947 
US Medal of Freedom awarded by Major Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor
1950 
The French state confers the title of "Knight [Chevalier] de la Légion d' Honneur" on her; 1971 she is named "Officier" by President Pompidou and 1989 "Commandeur" by President Mitterand.
1953/54 
One woman shows in Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas and in Café de Paris in London.
1960 
Tour through Europe. In May first appearance before German public after World War II in Berlin.
1963 
Book publication of "Marlene Dietrich's ABC" (New York: Doubleday 1962).
1975 
Last tour (Belgium, Netherlands, United, Kingdom, Canada, USA and Australia)
1976 
Moves to her apartment in Paris at 12 Ave. Montaigne, 8eme, to write memoires. Although avoiding personal appearances she continues to work until her death.
June 24, 1976 
Death of husband Rudolf Sieber
1978 
Last film appearance in SCHÖNER GIGOLO, ARMER GIGOLO (JUST A GIGOLO, directed by David Hemmings).
1979 
Autobiography published first in Germany "Nehmt nur mein Leben" (Bertelsmann), later "Marlene" in USA, France, England, Japan, Poland, Czech, Hungary, Jugoslawia, Sweden, Finnland, Italy, and other countries.
1982/83 
Documentary film MARLENE by Maximilian Schell
May 6, 1992 
Dies in Paris; Services held for 1,500 at l'Eglise La Madelaine. Carried to Berlin where she was buried beside her mother in Cemetary Stubenrauchstraße, Schöneberg on May 16.
October 24, 1993 
Transfer of her estate effects to the State of Berlin and the Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek, assisted by John Block of Sotheby's (New York). 

Source: MARLENE DIETRICH COLLECTION BERLIN (MDCB). MDCB is a division of Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin. MDCB holds the personal collection of Marlene Dietrich.

Pascal Schumacher

Biographical Data

© Philippe Lesprit

Since winning the Django D’Or for Young Talent in 2005 Pascal Schumacher has been relentless in assuring his position as an outstanding artist and composer. He consistently achieves recognition in being awarded some of Jazz Music’s most prestigious titles, from the ECHO JAZZ for International Instrumentalist of the year 2012 and in 2013, the JTI Trier Award for inter-regional achievements across the euroregion of Saar-Lor-Lux.

He has been described as a “Goldsmith” in his art, a boundary-pushing musician, a resourceful improviser and an imaginative composer.

Keen to explore the links that exist between many musical genres, it is difficult to pigeon–hole his talent, his taste or his musical influences.

One thing is certain: he is a Vibraphone player with a unique aptitude and sensitivity who manages to inject panache and flamboyance into every performance. 

His flair for improvisation is married to a lucid inventiveness which together creates an original sound as visionary as it is melodic. 

As a physical performer, he is skilful, far-reaching and theatrical without being pretentious, making his performances inclusive and interesting to watch.

Since he gave birth to his first serious musical project in 1995, his musical partnerships and projects resemble his eclectic nature. 

His duo with Jef Neve produces a hybrid that has been described as somewhere between pop-infused contemporary music and classic-infused jazz.

Pascal Schumacher and Francesco Tristano, also recognised as an European Concert Hall Organization “Rising Star”, perform as a trio with the Lebanese percussionist Bachar Khalifé and share with the audience fascinating insights on the beauty of the journey into the contemporary sound experience.

The Pascal Schumacher Quartet has a potent hook-laden feel that creatively destroys all notions of the polite dinner jazz associations of the past and produces a contemporary sound that is beautiful, melodic and effortlessly articulated. Their 5th studio album, “Bang My Can” the third release on Enja records, was launched in 2012 to critical acclaim.

In the project “In phase with JS Bach” Pascal Schumacher offers a decomposition and re-composition of the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 (BWV 1048) written in 1719. He uses his own starting point, based on his own particular aesthetic, which has been honed through his influences and his style created from a co-existence between European and American contemporary Jazz.

As a composer he writes not only for the duo, trio, quartet and chamber music ensembles, but has also created and produced film, theatre and dance projects. He was involved in a ground- breaking Multi-Media project “CTRL variations” and a trans-disciplinary theatre project entitled "LUXTIME – Jacques Tati revisited”.

He is a laureate of no less than four of Europe’s most notable Conservatories from his home town of Luxembourg as well as those in The Hague, Strasbourg and Brussels. He now teaches in the Luxembourg Conservatory classical percussion and jazz vibraphone.

The  glorious soundtrack  written to accompany 1929 silent film  “A Woman one longs for”  directed by Curtis Bernhardt and starring the incomparable Marlene Dietrich, was premiered as a Live Film-Concert in the Philharmonie Luxembourg in May 2012, conducted by Christian Schumann. It seemed then that the ever enigmatic Ms. Dietrich had  met her match in the unequivocal expertise of Mr Schumacher. Never one to rest on his laurels however, Schumacher has pushed the boundaries once more and the Schumann, Dietrich and Schumacher trio will reunite in November 2014, this time to full Orchestral backing by none other than Luxemburg’s own national Chamber Orchestra (OCL).

2015 is set to begin with a long requested, much hoped for and eagerly anticipated concerto for Vibraphone and Orchestra, commissioned by the Philharmonic Hall and featuring the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg under the baton of Duncan Ward. The piece, dubbed “Windfall” is perhaps Pascal Schumacher’s allegory of his own parcours, a personal homage to the wonder of life; a nod to the opportunities and encounters that have come his way, as he has intuitively carved his own space and form on the musical horizon.

With two album releases underway in 2015 will have to work to keep up with his many incarnations. The German label MPS Records/Edel Kultur will release “Afrodisiak”, a debut for the collaboration between Bachar Khalifé, Pascal Schumacher and Francesco Tristano and Laborie Jazz, France is set to  release "Left Tokyo Right”, Pascal Schumacher’s first Jazz solo album featuring Magic Malik.

(Text by Ruth Fisher)

Christian Schumann

Biographical Data

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Conductor Christian Schumann is equally familiar with the scores of Strauss, Wagner or Skrjabin, Beethoven or Ligeti, Huppertz or Elfman and shows extraordinary passion, depth and drive on the concert podium, in the opera pit or the studio.

Born to Hungarian parents in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, in 1983, he received his first piano lesson at the age of six and later his diploma in conducting and composition at the “Franz Liszt” University in Weimar in 2007. The same year he was awarded the First Prize at the International Conducting Competition Budapest. During his studies, he already conducted Humperdinck‘s Hänsel und Gretel, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Rossini’s La cenerentola. In 2006, he has premièred his own chamber opera Todesmonolog in Frankfurt am Main.

He was influenced by teachers such as Pierre Boulez, Mikhail Jurowski, Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula and Yuri Simonov. Besides, Christian Schumann had the opportunity to assist conductors such as Christoph v. Dohnanyi, Gustavo Dudamel, Peter Eötvös, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Stern and Frank Strobel from early on.

In March 2010, Christian Schumann made his debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich conducting Peter Eötvös’s Die Tragödie des Teufels. In 2010, he conducted Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte in Würzburg. From 2007 until 2009, he was engaged by the Swiss company in St. Gallen, where he conducted works like CarmenLe Sacre du Printemps and Strauss' Arabella.

In 2007, he was an assistant to Peter Eötvös at Lucerne Festival for Stockhausen‘s Gruppen, the following year to Lucas Vis at the Bayerische Rundfunk series „Musica viva“ for Mixtur 2003. In 2008/2009, Christian Schumann has held a scholarship at the ‘International Allianz Academy for conductors and, in March 2009, conducted - during the Academy’s final concert – the Philharmonia Orchestra London in the Royal Festival Hall.

Christian Schumann conducted concerts with (amongst others) the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, Filharmonia Łódź im. Artura Rubinsteina, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Hanoi and Saigon Philharmonic Orchestras, Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Hungary, Philharmonia Orchestra London, Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, Saarländisches Staatsorchester Saarbrücken, Sinfonieorchester Aachen, Symphony Orchestra St. Gallen as well as the ensembles Resonanz, united Berlin, united instruments of LUCILIN and the Austrian Ensemble for New Music [OENM]. In Abu Dhabi he conducted the orchestra of the Sibelius Academy, in the Czech Republic Berg’s violin concert Dem Andenken eines Engels and in the US, in Portland/Maine, Beethoven’s Symphony N° 9.

Apart from these he also worked with the Sjaelland Symphony Orchestra Copenhagen, London Philharmonic Orchestra, MDR-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Broadcasting Corporation Katowice, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Staatskapelle Dresden, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Tonkünstler-Orchester Niederösterreich and the Wiener Symphoniker.

In April 2013, Christian Schumann will make his debut at Teatr Wielki in Warsawa.

His recordings include the first recording of Germaine Tailleferre‘s Concerto for two guitars and orchestra as well as the original score by Michael Obst for WF Murnau’s 1921 film „Nosferatu“.

Film Credits

Die Frau nach der man sich sehnt

Germany 1929, A Terra-Film Production.

Black-and-White, 2,360 meters.

Production Dates: January — February 1929, Terra Glashaus, Berlin-Marienfelde and Ufa-Studios Neubabelsberg.

Premiere: April 29th 1929, Mozartsaal, Berlin. 

Released in the U.S. as THREE LOVES (silent) through Moviegraphs, Inc. in 1929.

CAST: Marlene Dietrich (Stascha); Fritz Kortner (Dr. Karoff); Frida Richard (Mrs. Leblanc); Oskar Sima (Charles Leblanc, her son); Uno Henning (Henry Leblanc, her son); Bruno Ziener (Philipp, Leblanc's valet); Karl Etlinger (old Poitrier); Edith Edwards (Angela Poitrier, his daughter).

CREDITS: Kurt Bernhardt (Director); Ladislaus Vajda (Scenarist); Curt Courant, Hans Scheib (Photographers); Robert Neppach (Decors); Hermann Grund (Head of Production); Otto Lehmann (Pro-duction Manager); based on the novel by Max Brod.

Source: MARLENE DIETRICH COLLECTION BERLIN (MDCB). MDCB is a division of Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin. MDCB holds the personal collection of Marlene Dietrich.

Production Credits

Film Concert

Composer and performer (vibraphone): Pascal Schumacher 2011/2012

Conductor: Christian Schumann

Recording Orchestra: WDR Rundfunkorchester (Köln)

Premiere Ensemble: United Instruments of Lucilin (Luxembourg)

Executive Producer: Raphael Junker, Monday Night Productions

Consulting Producer: Nina Gosslar, ZDF/Filmredaktion ARTE

Partners: 

Europäische Filmphilharmonie, ARTE, k.o.m. musikverlag, Friedrich-Wilhelm-Murnau-Stiftung, Transit Film and WDR.

The composition by Pascal Schumacher is commissioned by the Philharmonie Luxembourg.

The composition by Pascal Schumacher is supported by the Ministry of Culture Luxembourg.

Quotes: Marlene Dietrich

"The most intriguing woman I've ever known."

John Wayne

"If she had nothing more than her voice she could break your heart with it. But she has that beautiful body and the timeless loveliness of her face. It makes no difference how she breaks your heart if she is there to mend it." 

Ernest Hemingway

"She remains what she has been for many years – an absolutely strange delight, whose gift lies outside her achievement as an actress, is not tied to a specific time 

and does not depend on the taste of the moment, not

even on common sense."

Cecil Beaton

"Whoever knows her and has been able to experience her has experienced perfection itself."

 Jean Cocteau

"She has the bearing of a man; the characters she plays love power and wear trousers. Marlene's masculinity appeals to women and her sexuality to men."

Kenneth Tynan

"Miss Dietrich is the first female star for years with whom Paris society has fallen in love. Apparently she is also the first woman in man's clothing since Christina of Sweden about three hundred years ago on whom the government has again cast a watchful eye."

Janet Flanner

"Marlene – with the unambiguous allure of the woman of yesterday and the ambiguous charm of the woman of today who has man not only about her but also within her."

Hanna Schygulla

"Le nom de Marlene Dietrich, plus que tout autre, se confondait avec l' essence du cinema. Un certain nombre d' actrices deviennent des stars, peu d' entre elles deviennent des mythes."

 Jaçques Chirac

"... this woman was not created by contemplation to be what everyone wants her to be, one for many. She emerges, is displayed, her wings rise, and, behold, she returns the look!"

Elfriede Jelinek

Source: MARLENE DIETRICH COLLECTION BERLIN (MDCB). MDCB is a division of Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen, Berlin. MDCB holds the personal collection of Marlene Dietrich.

References

 

Philharmonie Luxembourg (L) - May 2012

De Singel, Antwerp (B) - November 2012

Konzerthaus, Wien (AT) - November 2012

Neue Philharmonie Frankfurt, Frankfurt (D) - January 2013

Casa Da Musica, Porto (P) - March 2014

Conservatoire, Luxembourg (L) - November 2014

Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam (NL) - March 2015

Bozar, Bruxelles (B) - September 2015