The choir project shines the spotlight on the beginnings and issues of the Reformation, with a regional project choir ranging from venue to venue from 1,500 to 2,500 voices and twelve musical soloists. In a modern Broadway piece featuring an orchestra and a band, writers Michael Kunze and Dieter Falk tell a fascinating tale of politics and religion focussing on the figure of Martin Luther – with catchy tunes and memorable lyrics. At the Diet of Worms in 1521, Luther stood up to the demands of the seemingly overwhelming authorities, refusing to recant his criticism of the Church, following his conscious and encouraging us to do the same.
Luther is not a hero, but a gifted speaker with weak moments
Falk and Kunze had already worked together on the pop oratorium The Ten Commandments. For Luther, they have gone with a similar format, but with a much bigger choir. The show doesn’t try to tell the story of Luther’s life, but focuses on the Diet of Worms. The event allows us to see what sort of character Luther is, composer Dieter Falk told the epd. “He was a gifted rhetorician, of course, but one with a rough edge and his moments of weakness. It’s not a heroic tale, not a heroic history.” Lyricist Michael Kunze still considers Luther’s courage “almost heroic”. For Kunze, Luther opened the gates to individualism by listening to his conscience and resisting the conventions of his time.