For its 7th edition the International Music Festival Phnom Penh has chosen a demanding theme. The influence of folklore on Western Classical Music is evident, remains however widely unnoticed. We subconsciously draw information and stimulation from the deep sources of our culture for our everyday life and daily activities. From these same sources composers have found inspiration for their work.
During the five days of this year's festival we will enjoy quite an interesting range of examples of Classical Music and it wil be a fascinating experience to discover their inner connections with the rich heritage of folk songs, fairy tales and popular dances of Europe. I am particularly looking forward to the special concert in honour of Robert Schumann, the great composer of German Romanticism, whose 200th birthday is celebrated in 2010.
The title of this year's festival „Inspiration and Transformation“ goes far beyond a portrait of influences on Western Classical Music. We all draw our inspiration from a wide range of sources and origins. It is the blending and transformation that paves the way for creativity and new cultural developments.
I wish this 7th International Music Festival 2010 full success. It will be a joy to listen to the music!
Dr. Wolfgang Moser
German Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia