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The Color of Sound
Instrumental chamber music of the XIX Century

This edition of the International Music Festival of Cartagena will offer a wide understanding of the main trends and styles of the instrumental chamber music of the XIX century after the death of Ludwig van Beethoven, one of the main innovators of this genre

Paradigmatic works by composers such as Weber, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Franck and Dvorak will be presented by different international ensembles which will represent the different technical and stylistic european schools of music: Germany-Austria, France, Russia, Eastern Europe and Italy.

The selection of works by each composer has been chosen taking into account their historic and artistic importance. Some of them are masterpieces that are well known by audiences worldwide, and others that are less known but contain characteristics that are of great relevance such as the search for tone, the colors of sound and the exploration of the musical possibilities of each instrument. This edition of the Festival will also present works of chamber music written by Colombian composers in the XIX and early XX century.


For fifteen seasons, the Cartagena Music Festival has become the meeting point of the world-acclaimed performers of classical and traditional music, especially from Europe and Latin America, the two world regions that mainly influence our identity.

Distinctively, every year the program centers on a particular theme, in an effort to understand the key breakthroughs in the history of music in current and innovative ways. Therefore, the artists are world-renowned musicians whose performances stand out for their originality or specialized form.

Certainly, the event’s singular energy comes from its local context, diverse venues and warm atmosphere. Altogether, the Festival offers different experiences around music by also having as part of the program conversations about music, special events, among others, in the unique setting that Cartagena de Indias provides.


The expression «chamber music» was used in the 17th and 18th centuries, in Italy and Germany, to designate music performed at home or at court, in contrast to music performed in church or theater. Soon after, in the second half of the 19th century, its identification with instrumental music for small ensembles such as string quartets, trios with piano, quintets of wind instruments became commonplace.

Music written for chamber ensembles was always considered an «elevated» form of composition. Spread in the last decade of the 18th century, it remained in common use until the last century and saw the commitment, in a constant way, of great composers of the history of music such as: Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, among others.

The string quartet (2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello) was, for many authors, the point of reference in the writing of chamber works. But pieces involving small ensembles of strings and other musical instruments, such as the piano, clarinet, trumpet, oboe, flute, etc., were equally important, especially in the second half of the 19th century, both from a historical and aesthetic point of view.

Authors such as Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Franck wrote masterpieces that still constitute cornerstones of European musical literature of the 19th century.

Chamber music had a certain diffusion in Latin America from the second half of the 19th century and, in some cases, became a sort of cultural thermometer of society.


The Sofitel Legend Santa Clara offers the perfect combination of age-old tradition, local hospitality and French luxury. With its blend of colonial and republican architecture with modern comforts, the hotel offers comfortable rooms, personalized service, gourmet cuisine, making it the perfect location inside the beautiful walled city of Cartagena.

It has also been a close partner of the biggest city cultural events. A supporter of the Cartagena Music Festival from its beginning in 2007, it has not only lodged big stars of classical music such as Maxim Vengerov, Salvatore Accardo, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, among hundred others; but it has also opened the doors to its gorgeous colonial chapel to some of the most exclusive and memorable concerts as the complete Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, artists like the Borodin String Quartet, Julia Hagen, Emmanuel Ceysson, and also the Young Talents concert. It is the venue of the Golden Series Davivienda.

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This hotel is located inside the walled city, surrounded by and being part of the heritage of the world called Cartagena. With its privledged location close to the Getsemaní Convention Center and only a few minutes away from the modern city, the taste, the history and mysticity of Cartagena is found here, in the Charleston Cartagena Hotel. This is where history stays alive, where its colonial and republican styles offer a singular and harmonious contrast only to please the senses.


•Hotel accommodations (five-star hotel), breakfast included.

•Concert ticket (s) to concerts at the main venues of the Festival.

•Tickets to Music Conferences.

•Transportation to and from the airport and concerts in a private car.

•Bilingual host to accompany you to all activities.

•Invitation to exclusive Festival events.

•Tour of a lutería workshop.

•Masterclass demonstration.

•Donation acknowledgment for your contribution to the academic programs of the Salvi Foundation in Colombia.

•Donation Receipt.

•Souvenir gifts from the Cartagena

•Music Festival.

•Tax exempt

For assistance, please contact:
Fundación Salvi – Colombia


Ángela Becerra
Telephone: +57 310 218 9441
[email protected]


Victor Salvi Foundation – USA
Edward G. Ludwig
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