For centuries the past has been the source of inspiration for artists, not least those dedicated to the craft of musical composition. It was merely the idea of Greek music and the role that it purportedly played in ancient society that gave birth, at the turn of the seventeenth century, to the most extravagant of all genres, opera.
Festival O/MODƏRNT celebrates this “looking back” to the past by exploring the relationships between the work of old composers and the artistic and intellectual creations of modern culture, be it in music, art, dance, theatre, film, poetry, literature, academia and so forth.
Each year a single composer closely contemporary with the period when the Ulriksdals Palace Theatre Confidencen first rose to life will be the guiding spirit of the festival. In 2013 it will be the great French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. In 1722, Rameau published his renowned Traité de l’Harmonie. The harmony treatise was the first of its kind to denote chords as vertical combinations and played a defining role in how harmony was subsequently understood. Hence, the guiding concept for the 2013 edition of festival O/MODƏRNT is “the vertical”.