May the music whet your appetite for chocolate – and vice-versa!
(Gottfried von Einem on Prinz Chocolat)
On 24 January Gottfried von Einem would have celebrated his 100th birthday. On 28 February his musical fairy-tale Prinz Chocolat receives its Finnish première at the Korundi in Rovaniemi.
Gottfried von Einem on the world première in Bern on 1 March 1983:
Prior to the First World War, von Einems in St. Petersburg and Moscow were proprietors of establishments where they served chocolate and patisserie creations which they produced themselves. I, the ignoramus, was told this years ago by Nicolas Nabokov. He gave familiar names to magical pastries; in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet, they became figures conjured from von Einem creations.
Seeking fine milk chocolate, Peter Mieg reminded me of Camille Bloch, whose chocolates I had loved since 1937 and then forgotten in the course of all the chaotic events. I renewed my happy acquaintance with them; I have only had comparable pleasure from Demel, Gerbaud and Huguenin.
While Camille Bloch’s chocolates were enchanting my palate, I remembered what Nabokov had told me back then; Tchaikovsky was inspired by the Russian von Einems – I felt inspired by Camille Bloch. Wouldn’t it be lovely to transform my favourite chocolates into music?
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