Building bridges with popular songs. This concept by Vera Karner and Dominik Wagner convinced the high-ranking jury of the Fanny Mendelssohn Sponsorship Award that picked its laureate for the second time on January 30, 2016 on the premises of Edel Records in Hamburg.
Vera Karner and Dominik Wagner: “Gassenhauer” serves as a basic theme for works that make intercultural communication audible. You can find them everywhere, hits and catchy tunes just like in the “Gassenhauer-Trio” by Beethoven, which gave our concept its name – in Europe but also in Syria, Afghanistan or the Ukraine.” Vera and Dominik set out on a search for composers willing to compose a work which combines a piece from the time of the First Viennese School with a catchy tune – a “Gassenhauer” – from their home country. Thirty composers declared themselves willing to participate in the project. They started to implement their musical idea with three of them. As their mentor, Matthias Schorn supported them in their endeavour.