Wed. Nov 30th, 2022

Volker Ahmels and Matthias Deutschmann have identified one another since their youth. They each share a love of music and chess. In 1978, a very long time in the past, they performed towards one another on the Junior State Championships in Hanover, Germany. Ahmels performed for Hamburg and Deutschmann for Baden, and Deutschmann received, “in a study-like endgame”, as he nonetheless fondly remembers.

Matthias Deutschmann, Volker Ahmels

After ending faculty, Deutschmann started finding out biology in Freiburg, and through his research he efficiently carried out as a cabaret artist. He additionally realized to play the cello which turned an integral a part of his programmes.

He had much less time to play chess, however at all times stored in contact with the sport and his chess pals from Freiburg. Nevertheless, Deutschmann was nonetheless a powerful participant and infrequently performed for the crew of Zähringen within the “Bundesliga”.

When the chess programme “Fritz” realized to accompany its video games with gentle banter it was Deutschmann who wrote the witty strains and lent his voice to the programme.

When the pandemic stopped all public performances in 2020, Deutschmann used the time and wrote a brand new programme, titled “Mephisto Consulting”, with which he’s presently on tour.

Deutschmann, Schönberg

Volker Ahmels devoted himself fully to music. He realized to play the piano as a toddler and studied on the conservatory in Lübeck after ending faculty. In 1991, he turned director of the “Johann Wilhelm Hertel” conservatory in Schwerin, the capital of the German state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. He additionally turned chairman of the board of the “Jeunesses Musicales” in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and based interpretation competitions for the music of persecuted artists. In 2008, Ahmels turned director of the “Zentrum für Verfemte Musik” (Centre for Ostracised Music) on the Rostock College of Music and Theatre. He has additionally been a lecturer there since 2013.

Arnold Schönberg

On the Competition “Verfemte Musik 2022”, the main focus was on Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951). The Schwerin Cultural Discussion board within the Schleswig-Holstein-Haus offered an exhibition in reminiscence of the Austrian artist who was persecuted by the Nazis and left his homeland in 1933 to to migrate to the USA.

Earlier than World Battle I, Schönberg took on numerous musical commissions in Vienna and Berlin and gave music and composition classes. Hanns Eisler, Anton Webern, Alban Berg and others studied with him. After the conflict, Schönberg developed the twelve-tone approach and composed the primary piece in twelve-tone approach in 1921.

Since 1901 Schönberg had been married to Mathilde Zemlinskys, the sister of his composition trainer Alexander von Zemlinsky. She died in 1923 and within the following yr Schönberg married Gertrud Kolisch, the sister of his pupil Rudolf Kolisch.

The couple had three kids: Nuria (born 1932, later spouse of the composer Luigi Nono), Ronald (born 1937) and Lawrence (born 1941). Ronald Schoenberg’s son E. Randol Schoenberg turned internationally often called a lawyer when he enforced Maria Altmann’s claims towards the state of Austria for the return of 5 work by Gustav Klimt that had been stolen from the household through the Nazi period. The story was made into a movie underneath the title “Lady in Gold”, with Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann.

Arnold Schönberg was not solely a musician, but in addition a painter and inventor, and he additionally had a connection to chess.

Arnold Schönberg: “The Crimson Gaze”

Draft of a zone ticket

He was acquainted with the musician Rudolph Reti, the older brother of Richard Reti. In 1911, Rudolph Reti carried out Arnold Schönberg’s “Three Piano Items”. And Schönberg’s second spouse Gertrud Kolisch (1898-1961) got here from the household of the Viennese chess grasp, patron and banker Ignaz von Kolisch (1837-1889).

In 1898, Schönberg transformed from Judaism and joined the Lutheran Church however in 1933 he returned to Judaism.

In 1933 Schönberg emigrated together with his household to the USA and in 1936 rented a villa in Brentwood, a suburb of Los Angeles, within the neighbourhood of Thomas Mann, with whom Schönberg had a two-year controversy over Mann’s novel “Physician Faustus”. In 1941, the Schönberg household moved to Pacific Palisades.

Schönberg was very properly linked with fellow artists – he, e.g., commonly performed tennis with George Gershwin. Schönberg died on Friday, 13 July 1951.

Gershwin portray Schönberg

Recording of Arnold Schönberg (Schönberg Heart Wien)

Coalition chess

The Competition “Verfemte Musik” started with the opening of the exhibition on Arnold Schönberg and ended with a efficiency by Matthias Deutschmann. However earlier than that, Deutschmann tried a recreation of “Coalition Chess”.

Coalition Chess

Schönberg developed coalition chess within the first half of the Nineteen Twenties. It’s performed by 4 gamers, two of whom play collectively. The companions have totally different strengths. There are two main powers and two minor powers.

Coalition Chess has a complete of 9 totally different items that transfer in another way. Schönberg’s items, just like Chaturanga, a predecessor of the fashionable type of chess, are very figurative and harking back to weapons from the First World Battle. There are, for instance, aeroplanes, submarines and machine weapons with particular traits. Just a few years in the past, the Schönberg Centre in Vienna was the primary to revisit Coalition Chess, which isn’t simple to grasp even for knowledgeable chess gamers.

Schwerin now noticed a brand new version of the encounter Deutschmann versus Ahmels from 1978 talked about above, however this time, they performed coalition chess. Deutschmann and Ahmels acted as main powers (Black and Yellow) and have been joined by two musicians and chess gamers from the SF Schwerin chess membership as coalition gamers.

Matthias Deutschmann wonders what to do with the items

As does Volker Ahmels

Deutschmann was supported by Yosuke Maeno, who, like Deutschmann, performs cello and has already received prizes in each music competitions and chess tournaments. Opera lovers would possibly know his mom Sophie Maeno, who’s a widely known opera singer.

Yosuke Maeno

Volker Ahmels performed along with one other pianist. Jeremias Obando, who comes from Venezuela, is a piano trainer on the “Johann Wilhelm Hertel” Conservatory.

Jeremias Obando

Torsten Kath, the chairman of the SF Schwerin, noticed the sport, Frank Behrhorst acted as arbiter.

Torsten Kath follows the sport

Earlier than the beginning of the exhibition, Behrhorst and Ahmels, who as soon as performed within the Bundesliga collectively, had gone by means of and revised the principles of Coalition Chess.

Frank Behrhorst watches the sport

The sport ended with a victory for Deutschmann/Maeno. Obando had crashed early together with his planes, whereas Maeno was nonetheless in a position to trigger bother with a small crew after dropping his submarines. The 2 main powers held again at first and solely intervened within the battle later.

The video under would possibly give an thought of how troublesome the sport is.

After the sport a cheerful Deutschmann modified roles to grow to be a serious energy of cabaret who impressed with two hours of advantageous and witty satire.

Translation from German: Johannes Fischer

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