Edward W. Said’s last, great critical work, On Late Style, explores the idea of artistic lateness and intellectual maturity. Said was working on this book when he passed away on September 25, 2003, after he had participated in a West-Eastern Divan Orchestra workshop in Seville. Now, 15 years later, the Barenboim-Said Akademie celebrates the life and work of the Palestinian literary scholar in a festival of music and ideas, using On Late Style as its intellectual and creative spark.
The opening essay of Said’s book, “On Timeliness and Lateness,” analyzes late style primarily through a look at Beethoven’s late string quartets. These works are central to Said’s thesis of late style, demonstrating the complexities and conflicts of artistic lateness, and will feature as touchstones in concerts throughout the festival.
Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem in 1935 and raised in Cairo. He studied at Princeton and Harvard and began his teaching career in 1963 at Columbia University in New York, where he went on to hold the preeminent position of University Professor of English and Comparative Literature until his death in 2003. His more than 20 books, including the groundbreaking work Orientalism, which opened up new horizons in the study of post-colonialism, have been translated into 30 languages. A gifted pianist, Said was also the music critic for The Nation for many years. In the political sphere, he was a major voice on the situation in Palestine and an unflinching proponent of justice and self-determination for all.
“SELVES AND OTHERS: A PORTRAIT OF EDWARD SAID”
In anticipation of the Edward W. Said Days, we offer the exclusive opportunity on our website to stream the film Selves and Others: A Portrait of Edward Said, in which director Emmanuel Hamon captured Said’s final interview before his death in 2003.
For copyright reasons, access to the film is protected by a password, which you will receive automatically after purchasing tickets for one or more events of On Late Style.
In addition, the program of the Edward W. Said Days will be complemented by the documentary Selves and Others. Screenings will take place on all three days of the festival at 5pm in the Mozart Auditorium of the Barenboim-Said Akademie. Admission is free but tickets are required and can be reserved by phone at +49 30 4799 7411 or at the box office. Space is limited.
EDWARD W. SAID DAYS WEEKEND PASS
With the Weekend Pass of the Edward W. Said Days you have access to the complete schedule of concerts and lectures, and you are invited to a late lunch in the foyer of the Pierre Boulez Saal on Sunday, April 8, from 3pm.
To purchase the Weekend Pass, call +49 30 4799 7411.
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