Music Pavilion: Elke Fabri and Wolfgang Fabri (Caterva Musica) - Fundació Mies van der Rohe

Music Pavilion: Elke Fabri and Wolfgang Fabri (Caterva Musica)

We invite you, in collaboration with the Goethe Foundation, to enjoy music in the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion again with a performance by Elke Fabri (violin) and Wolfgang Fabri (viola) from “Caterva Musica” ,next Tuesday 14 of July at 21:00h in a Pavilion transformed by the intervention Re-enactment: Lilly Reich’s work occupies the Barcelona Pavilion.

In a concert inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s “less is more”, with only four hands, just two instruments, offer a tour of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791), Carl Stamitz (1745-1801), Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni (1757-1821) and the Passacaglia that composer Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935), coetaneous to the authors of the Pavilion Lilly Reich and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, created from a piece by Georg Friedrich Händel for violin and viola.

The seating capacity of the event is limited. Advanced booking is required. You must access with a mask and keep interpersonal distance.



Carl Stamitz – Grand Duo in G major for violin and viola
Allegro – Theme con Variazioni (Allegretto) – Allegro – Adagio – Allegro

Stamitz (1745-1801) was the son of the founder of the Mannheim School, which revolutionized orcherstral performance in his time. He devoted himself to the viola, which at that time was hardly considered a solo instrument, and mastered it with virtuosity. In his Grand Duo pour Violon et Alto, the equality of the viola with the violin is clearly audible.

Antonio Bartolomeo Bruni – Duo No. 4 in D major
Allegro Maestoso – Allegretto Scherzando

Bruni (1757-1821) is the author of numerous duis for violin and viola. Duo No. 4 in D major presented here was written in Paris in 1781. The style of composition points far into the ROmantic period, even in spite of its basic classical form.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Duo in B flat major KV 424
Adagio – Allegro – Andante cantabile – Subject con Variazioni (Andante grazioso)

Mozart ( 1756-1791 ), wrote two of his duos for violin and viola during his last stay in his hometown, Salzburg, in 1783, to fullfill an assignment originally given to Michael Haydn. This duo is undoubtedly the highlight of the extensive literature of duets for violin and viola.

Johan Halvorsen – Passacaglia in G minor (based on Handel)

Halvorsen (1864-1935), Norwegian violinist, composer and conductor published in 1984 the Passacaglia for violin and viola, based on the Suite in G minor for harpsichord by Georg Friedrich Händel, consisting of variations on a single piece. Through a skillful harmonization, the virtuisus dialigue between violin and viola creates the illusion of a complete four-part movement.


Wolfgang Fabri

Born and raised in Bochum, Germany, Wolfgang Fabri received his first violin lessons at an early age. Despite many performances and record productions in which he took part as a student, he studied chemistry after graduating from high school, before devoting himself to music in 1984.

He studied viola at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts in Hannover with Professors Heinz-Otto Graf and Hatto Beyerle. In the Ancient Music Studio he gained hist first experience in the practice of historical performance. While still a student, he played in several baroque ensembles.

Since 1989, Wolfgang Fabri has been a violinist at the Neue Philharminie Westfalen. He is also a member of the Assindia Cuartet. In 1997 he founded the ancient music ensemble Caterva Music, of which he is a concermaster. With this ensemble he appearsas a concert performer and soloist regularly. Regular chamber music projects in various formation complement his musical activities.


Elke Fabri

She received her first violin lessons at the age of 5 in her hometown, Erlangen, After graduating high school, she first studied medicine, before devoting herself completely to music in 1991.

She started studying viola in the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam with Prof. Esther van Starlen and continued her studies at the Würzburg Conservatory of Music with Prof. Reiner Schmidt. There she got in touch with the baroque violin and the practice of historical interpretation for the first time. In 1996 she graduated in orchestral music, followed by postgraduate studies in the master class with Prof. Schmidt. From 1997 onwards, she increasingly devoted herself to the practice of ancient music and historical performance. Since then she has worked with renowned ensembles and musicians like L’arpa festante, Concerto Köln, L’arte del mondo, Echo du Rheno, Reinhard Goebel, Giuliano Carmignona, Sergio Azzolini, Dorothee Mields, Daniel Hope, Wolfgang Katschner and others.

In 1998 she founded the anciend music ensemble Caterva Musica with her husband Wolfgang Fabri. With this ensemble she regularly appears as concertmaster (alternating with Wolfgang Fabri) and soloist in concerts in Germany and abroad.




14-07-2020, 21:00h

Organised with

Fundación Goethe


Mies van der Rohe Pavilion