Opus 29, 2022-2023
Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Violoncello, Piano
In the evening, in a flat near Le Centre Pompidou, a double bass player played a melody in a pub across the street. At the same time as this quiet and distant melody, the shadows of people passing by on the street could be seen on the ceiling. The musical realisation of these contours on the ceiling consists of melodies, their developments and interjected notes and shorter figures, which are increasingly found in the movements for solo violoncello and solo horn.
The piece is performed in two parts, consisting of a total of nine movements. Each movement has a different instrumentation, whereby the quartet does not appear in any of the movements.
Views into the Sky
Opus 28, 2022
Every person who has ever lived has looked into the same sky, everyone has pointed something into the same sky and everyone has dreamed into the same sky. Heaven may never be attainable and yet it seems within reach. So close that it can influence minds through emotion. Artists such as Vincent van Gogh with his Starry Night, Edvard Munch with his Scream or Salvador Dalí with The Elephants created defining images of the sky.
For people, the sky is often a reflection of the world below. One can recognise joy, one’s own future or hope in it, but unfortunately also the negative. Black clouds, grey horizon, yellow lights and red sun, military aircraft instead of passenger planes, no birdsong to be heard and no scent of fresh wind to be smelled or felt. Instead, marked by fast planes with the insignia of the invaders, loud alarms and the smell of dust and ash.
The naive composition Views into the Sky (Blicke in den Himmel) looks questioningly at the sky and tries to imagine how people would perceive it from a blue and yellow perspective.
Sternbilder - Astra II
Opus 27, 2020-2022
Trumpet in Bb, Bassoon, Accordion
The Sternbilder – Astra (Constellations – Astra) cycle is a setting of all the constellations recognised by the International Astronomical Union (IAU). Since 1922, the IAU has counted 88 constellations by a total of six authors (Bayer, Brahe, Hevelius, Lacaille, Planci-us and Ptolemy). In the cycle Sternbilder – Astra II, op. 27, six further constellations are set to music.
Each movement bears the title of a constellation named by the French astronomer Nicolas-Louis de Lacaille (1713 - 1762). Lacaille discovered and named a total of fourteen constellations still in use today. He often named his discoveries after technical achievements, and Sternbilder – Astra II is dedicated to all those constellations that were named after just such achievements.
A central idea that runs through all the movements is repetition. On the one hand, the repetition of motifs, rhythms and small melodies, on the other hand, sounds that recur one after the other (as for example in Grabstichel – Caelum). This reflects the recurring appearance of constellations every night.
The first versions of Pendeluhr – Horoglium were written for solo piano in 2020. In spring 2022, the movement was rewritten for the present instrumentation. The movements Chemischer Ofen – Fornax and Winkelmaß – Norma were composed in July 2021 and were also originally written for piano. The remaining three movements were composed between December 2021 and January 2022 and were written directly for the present instrumentation.
The movements Grabstichel – Caelum, Mikroskop – Microscopium and Teleskop – Telescopium were composed on the occasion of the competition Jugend komponiert 2022 (Youth composes 2022) of the Austrian Composers Association (formerly ÖKB). On 19th March 2022, the work was premiered in the small studio of the Mozarteum Salzburg by András Gergely Gerhardt, Petra Seidl and Karin Küstner as part of ASPEKTE Salzburg and won 2nd prize in age group II.
Chemischer Ofen - Fornax
Winkelmaß - Norma
Grabstichel - Caelum
Pendeluhr - Horogolium
Mikroskop - Microscopium
Teleskop - Telescopium
Opus 23, 2021
Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon, Piano
based on the painting »Lockdown Blues #1«
based on the painting »Hastu Bücher hastu Welten«
based on the painting »Lockdown Blues #2«
Opus 21, 2020-2021
Flute, Clarinet in Bb, Piano
Late at Night
Constellations - Astra I
Opus 20, 2020-2021
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has recognized 88 zodiac signs since 1922. In scientific contexts, some factors are given for a named constellation, in this case only the English and Latin nominative are mentioned (if the names are congruent, it is only written once). There are also small explanations of the background to the names.
Opus 20 contains only 8 of 88 zodiac signs, whereby these are again related in two independent Greek mythologies. The corvus, the crater and the hydra are thematically related, as are Cassiopeia, Perseus and three other unpublished constellations.
Kassiopeia - Cassiopeia
Five Little Moments
Opus 19, 2019-2020
Alto Saxophone, Piano
The small cycle Fünf kleine Momente (Five Little Moments) describes, as the name suggests, five small, almost insignificant scenes that can easily be forgotten. When writing the pieces, it was important to put them down on paper in as short a duration as possible. The music should reflect the snapshot, after all, the programme behind the work also describes only snapshots. So all the movements, except for the first one in spring 2020, were composed and completed in one weekend. The first movement was already composed in December 2019.
To date, only the first movement of the five movements has been performed. In Gerald Schuhfried’s podcast radioCORE, it provided the musical accompaniment to the narrator. In the English-language edition Another World of 26 February 2021, a Dutch woman talks about her activities as a development aid worker in India, the Philippines and Nigeria.
The very weak drizzle over a city
Opus 13, 2019
Violin, Violin, Viola, Violoncello
Shape the Future Waltz
Opus 11, 2019
Violin, Violoncello, Piano
Opus 8, 2019
Atlantic is the 17th piece of the story WHITE that I am telling by musical means. In this part of the story the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean changes the life of the main character. The story is set at a time when this crossing was dangerous. In the whole story the piano represents the protagonist, while the other instruments represent external circumstances, as does the violin in this piece as the more dominant voice. In the story, the protagonist wants to fetch his family from Brazil and bring them to France. During the long journey he thinks a great deal about how his huge family will fare in a small French village. Before the crossing, he and his sister were the only colored people there and were little respected.
- Part A, piano and violin: The protagonist has reached his mental and physical limit, but still he manages to pull himself together time and again. The violin reflects the changing swell of the waves, at times big, small, light or heavy.
- Part B, piano: The protagonist becomes even more aware of the current and future situation in France and Brazil, and his emotions overwhelm him.
- Part A’, piano and violin: The emotional situation calms down again, but the swell of the waves is higher than ever, as the violin tells us, rising by an octave. What the crossing will result in remains open to the listener, and each one is left to interpret for her- or himself. We only know for sure that the passage succeeds.
Opus 4, 2018
Piano for four hands
On 7 January 2018, my brother went abroad to Dublin for half a year. The work for four hands describes my feelings and deals a little with the farewell for a longer period of time.
The composition is divided into three movements and is the first work of mine to be performed in public.
Opus 3, 2017/2021
Opus 2, 2017/2023