Words and Music
Radio play for two speakers and chamber ensemble (1987)
Beckett devoted himself to the form of the radio play in his own way. The characters »Words« and »Music«, the latter of whom is represented by an instrumental ensemble, encounter one another. Both of them attempt to entertain the old, lonely Croak, and to comfort him by reacting to his key words »Love«, »Age« and »Face« in their respective mediums of expression. Together with two narrators and the Orchestra Academy of the Staatskapelle Berlin, the young French conductor Maxime Pascal develops a form of live radio play that rediscovers Beckett’s and Feldman’s understanding of the theatricality of music, language and space.