We also make „parent-performances“ to explain our teaching aim and to show parents, what they „buy“ for their children and we also give music-lesson for teachers, to inform them about our method for hearing education.
We would be very glad to hear of you, yours sincerely
Bärbel Ganster (1953, 1983-2000 teacher in a gymnasium for economic sciences, since 1994 manager and actress of our Pianotheatre)
Balint Santa (economist with Hungarian communist diplom (sorry, I can not change it), 15 years private pianolesson in Hungary, since 1980 in Germany, 20 years private piano-teacher, since 1994 inventor and member of our two-person-rolling-theatre.)
Arguments why „Pianotheatre Santa“ should be taken over for schools of
1/ the music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert is connected very closely with the language, folk-music, history and with the character of Geman speaking people, even more, it is connected with their logic and their way of thinking. These composers are perhaps the most important part of the German-Austrian cultural heritage. Not to know them is educational deficiency, depending on the educational system and not on the individuals.
2/ Our „Pianotheatre SANTA“ is a basic promotion constructed after the idea „art has to be cheap and understandable“. As a newspaper wrote: „Bei dieser Gelegenheit konnten sie (die Kinder) nicht nur ihr Gehör schulen, sondern zusätzlich einen wichtigen Vertreter der europäischen Musikkultur aus einem Blickwinkel kennenlernen, der nicht durch akademische Barrieren oder Hochkultur-Dünkel verstellt war.“
3/ Our Pianotheatre teaches children the old european art of educainment entertainment+education).
4/ After 1800 performances in Germany, Luxemburg, Italy and Spain we gained special experiences and know-how. The teaching method „Pianotheatre“ became a part of instruction of language, history, music and arts.
5/ The way of our work has special components:
51/ We come in the schools, children do not have to be driven to the theatre. You must not pay for a bus-transfer.
52/ In each performance are not more than 130 children. In theatres sit sometimes 500 or more children. A large part of them does not see, does not hear, they are in darkness and are loud and noisy. Theatre-performances are very often a small disaster.
53/ After our performance children write a letter Mr. Bach or his wife. No theatre in this world can do this work. My wife answered about 150.000 letters of children. The most interesting part in our performance for my wife, because she teaches German language.
6/ With our work we reached, that children (aged 3-8) believe, that Johann Sebastian Bach, his wife and his pollet are still alive. But it is true. Because they all can answer the letters of children.
7/ Pianists and actresses without job could receive work with the idea „Pianotheatre SANTA“.
No Bach without laughter
A theatre-piece in historical costume with live music for children large and small aged 6-80 written and performed by “Pianotheatre SANTA“,
in honour of Johann Sebastian Bach
Anna Magdalena Bach, the beloved wife of Johann Sebastian Bach, is at home alone. Today she is very sad. Her youngest daughter, Christiane, has died and her husband, Sebastian, has been in prison for four weeks. The Duke of Weimar has put him in jail. And why? Because Sebastian doesn’t want to play for the court an more. He has noticed that his music doesn’t please the people there. That displeases the Duke of Weimar. But this is no reason to send him to jail! Sebastian is released at last and immediately hears the sad news about Christiane. Sebastian is asked by the farmers of the village to compose a melody for a poem, that should be song in honour of the new chamberlain, who hasn’t called up the men for the war. Apart from that there is also a letter from Augustus the Strong of Saxony and Poland. He thanks Sebastian with a gift for his organ concert in Dresden. Frederick the Great also asks Sebastian to play for him. But he also wants to put the great Bach to the test. He has to play on several harpsichords in the palace and the music should suit the wall-paintings – angels, devils, dancing lords and ladies! That’s no problem for Sebastian. And the King is forced to realise that when J.S. Bach plays for him, there are two kings in the palace: Frederick the Great, and the great Johann Sebastian Bach!
Which music is played? Extracts from:
“Erbarme dich mein Gott” (Have mercy on me, O Lord) from the St. Matthew Passion, Preludes in C sharp major and C minor (the Devils) from Well tem-pered Clavier, „We’ve got a new mayor“, Peasantkantate, Fugue for organ in D minor, Sinfonia-andante from Partita II (Angels), and Giga (Dancing) from Partita I. The pieces are played several times with different sounds. Before hearing the pieces (!) the children (!) are asked to describe exactly how the music of the Devils and the Angels should or will sound. Through miming, facial expression and singing the impression of the pieces is deepened.
What do we want to achieve?
The great Johann Sebastian Bach should be introduced to the children with many of his talents and traits of character: unex-celled musical genius in ecclesiastical and secular music, a rebel against every authority who wants to stand in his way, headstrong and stubborn from his youngest years, a lover of children, devout and humble, not averse to worldly pleasures, conscientious and dutiful towards his family and friends. About his harmonious imagination L.. van Beethoven said: “Bach? (a stream?) No, he should be called an ocean”.
In our theater piece, we want to remember his companion, Anna Magdalena Bach, a loving mother also to the children of his first marriage, who during the whole of their married life made sure he was free to compose. She died as a pauper, forgotten by the world and by the “great” sons of Sebastian.
Book and see the only theater piece for children about Johann Sebastian Bach!
Beethoven's letter to his "Immortal Love"
A theatre performance with live music about the piano-piece „Andante favori“ for youngsters
Beethoven died on March 26 1827. His apartment was searched by the Habsburg police for any valuables. After three days’ search – the apartment was in a chaotic condition – a letter was found in a hidden drawer by Beethoven’s doctor, Franz Wegeler, without the name of an addressee or an exact date or address, but it was written for a woman called “immortal love”.
The letter shows us that this woman played a very important role in Beethoven’s life, although he wasn’t allowed to mention her name. It wasn't until 1953 that a music-ologist answered the question when and where the letter was written. In one place, Beethoven wrote, "Monday, July 6". The letter was therefore written in 1795, 1801, 1807, 1812 or 1821, since it was in these years that July 6 fell on a Monday. In another place he wrote, "Good night. „As a visitor to the spa, I must retire to bed." 1795 and 1821 can be eliminated, as it is known that in these years Beethoven was not at a spa. In a third passage we read, "… I can stay in this apartment only until tomorrow." That means that Beethoven had to move to another hotel on July 7. In the list of guests in the spa Teplitz, today called Teplice in the Czech Republic, we can see that Beethoven stayed from July 6 through 7 in the hotel “Goldene Sonne” (The Golden Sun). From July 8 he stayed in another hotel. Therefore Beethoven wrote this letter to his “Immortal Love” on July 6 1812 in the Goldene Sonne in Teplitz. But for whom was it intended? This piano-theater performance tells the story of the opus Andante Favori and of the countess Josephine of Brunswick, who died under tragic circumstances.
The music is played on the piano and the texts are presented by an actress. The performance is suitable for young people from the age of about 15.