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Chamber work (1993/94)
for soprano, alto, tenor, two speakers,
bass-clarinet (saxophone), double bass, piano, tape and live-electronics with words by Susanne Stelzenbach and Ralf Hoyer
(co-author Susanne Stelzenbach)

First performance on March 18th 1995, at the Podewil
Commission and production: Musikbiennale Berlin

Susanne Stelzenbach, piano and musical direction
Katia Guedes de Souza, soprano
Elvira Dreßen, alto
Andreas Schmidt, tenor
Gerold Gnausch, bass-clarinet (saxophone)
Martin Schaal, double-bass
Hannelore Koch, speaker
Daniel Minetti, speaker
Ralf Hoyer, live-electronics, sound-direction

This piece is the contrapuntal interweaving of spoken word and singing, text and sounds, vocal and instrumental parts.

The textual structure is based on the associative effects of the sounds of speech and a serious/nonsensical text. Serious, in that there are quoted fragments form, or at least allusions to, texts by Shakespeare, Goethe, Hölderlin, Heine, Robert Walser and others, but together these fragments do not really make sense. They are more like the irrational and subjective stream of consciousness in a dream, sweeping along islands of irony and a sense of oppression within its current. The piece is about an hour in length.

Excerpt from the performance (12:37) on CD:
BMG-RCA RED SEAL 74321 73533 2
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