Violist Spearheads Project with Mini Concerts for the Sick and Lonely
The Pandemic as a Musical Opportunity
The musicians of the cassiopeia association aren’t exactly known to complain and remain passive during hard times – on the contrary: They visit and comfort the sick with heartwarming tones.
Niklaus Rüegg – A new initiative of the cassiopeia association proves that crises may cause more than just misery, distress, and hopelessness. The association creates and operates «interactive, participative and educational projects as part of its cultural contributions» – as stated on the association’s website. A special event sparked a simple yet tempting idea in violist Mirjam Toews. As the leader of a small chamber music series, she had received a donation from Spitex in Basel, Switzerland during the pre-Christmas season 2020. Toews reflected about ways to return the favor. At first, she intended to give away a CD of said concert series, but then she thought about visiting the sick in their homes to play Christmas songs. «The events were heartwarming. Everyone cried», recollects Toews. On her way home from the concert, she decided to create the project 'Musik-Spitex'. What would be better than to bring some light into the lives of the lonely and sick during the pandemic, all while catering for the existential needs of musicians. As a performer herself, she had felt the destructive consequences of concert cancellations. She presented her idea to Peter Kury, leader of the Spitex Allschwil-Binningen-Schönenbuch (ABS). Kury loved the idea and immediately contacted his clients. The demand was overwhelming. Once a week between March and July 2021, professional musicians visited Spitex clients. The need 20-minutes concerts has shown no end, and «the feedback is touching», says Peter Kury.
The human right for musical participation and education is uncontested in most strata of the population. However, access to music education is not the norm, even though music has played a central role in the history of human development.
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Sonata in A minor
for Violin, Viola and Violoncello
after the piano Sonata KV 310
Score and Parts
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