“Sängerin der Komischen Oper”

7 miniatures

op. 23, 2004, rev. 2017

I. her sight – thoughtful
II. her hat – leggiero
III. her face – dancing
IV. her heart – singing, like a lullaby
V. her hip – belly dance, tempo elastico
VI. the long hair of the diva – rubato
VII. her hope – flowing

For viola solo
Duration: 12 min.

Inspired by the painting of the same name by Paul Klee
World premiere: 9 October 2004, Musikfest 2004, Münchner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (MGNM). Viola: Nils Mönkemeyer
World premiere of the revised version: 5 July 2017, Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia Bamberg. Viola: Nils Mönkemeyer


Composer’s notes

“Sängerin der Komischen Oper” was the first piece that I composed for viola solo for Nils Mönkemeyer. Paul Klee’s painting served as an inspiration. The piece is full of musical humour, also reflected in the titles of the seven miniatures. It is a description of my musical perception of the painting: on the one hand its serene atmosphere and on the other hand its artistic perfection and absurdity that fascinates me about Paul Klee’s work.

Paul Klee, Sängerin der Komischen Oper, 1925


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