The Project

Great artists of all times have been inspired by the same moon. For this programme we chose three different visions that take their inspiration from our nightly companion – and added a small more mundane appetizer…
Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream was set to music by Mendelssohn for full sized orchestra, choir and two solo voices. LUDWIG asked composer Max Knigge to reduce the score to 10 instruments and 1 soprano. The result is a virtuoso performance which you will not lightly forget by LUDWIG’s multi-talented musicians. Shakespeare’s nocturnal pranks are mirrored by the dramatic developments in Schönberg’s Transfigured Night, played by LUDWIG in the version for string sextet.
Max Knigge composed a small jewel for LUDWIG’s two clarinetists, who have a soft spot for one of the forgotten instruments in music history, the basset horn: Moonvision for two basset horns and strings. To complete the programme, our noble basset-players will perform Mendelssohn’s Konzertstück no 1 for clarinet, basset horn and strings, which, as the story has it, was written in exchange for a home cooked plate of ‘dampnudeln’!

LUDWIG 12 musicians
Laetitia Gerards soprano

Max Knigge
Zacht en licht lacht ‘t maangezicht
Arnold Schönberg
Verklärte Nacht
Felix Mendelssohn

Konzertstück nr. 1 for basset horn, clarinet and strings
Felix Mendelssohn/Max Knigge
Midsummer Night’s Dream (arr. Max Knigge)


‘Magical nocturnal music with ensemble LUDWIG’
January 11, 2019, TivoliVredenburg Utrecht – Face of the moon
NRC Handelsblad – Joep Christenhusz


Tue, January 22, 2019
Raadhuisconcerten, Hilversum
Moonlight Serenade
Fri, January 11, 2019
TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht
Moonlight Serenade