“noch fürcht’ ich”

op. 8, 1993

For piano solo
Duration: 9 min.

World premiere: 1993, BKA – Berliner Kabarett Anstalt. Piano: Yoriko Ikeya-Fuchino

Publisher: Musikproduktion Höflich München, Repertoire & Opera Explorer, Gourzi Edition

Composer’s notes

“noch fürcht’ ich” was inspired by a poem of the same title by Ingeborg Bachmann. It is the first piano piece that I composed. At the time, I was aiming for musical expression while using minimal means. That way, I developed these seven miniatures. The first six miniatures are very short and represent question and answer simultaneously. The seventh and longest one marks not only the end of the piece but functions only as an answer with a melody from a dream world. All seven miniatures together form this piece and none of them can be played independently. The piano miniatures are accompanied by seven small pictures, which were created during the composition process.

Konstantia Gourzi, Etüde II für das “fürchten”, 1993 © Konstantia Gourzi

Press reviews

“Inspiriert durch das Gedicht ‘noch fürcht’ ich’ von Ingeborg Bachmann schuf Gourzi hier bereits 1993 durch diverse Überlagerungen in den Schwingungen des Nachklangs eine Möglichkeit, quasi ins Innere der Töne zu hören. Meist bleibt das rechte Pedal nach dem Anschlag von Einzeltönen oder Akkorden gedrückt und neue in das Ausklingen gespielte Töne verändern den Nachklang raffiniert. Mauser brachte diesen Effekt fesselnd über die Bühne.”

Passauer Neue Presse, 21 June 2010

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