Hommage à György Kurtág
op. 12, 1995
For soprano (or other voices) or Byzantine style psalm singer and piano
Duration: 3 min.
World premiere: 1995, Berlin. Soprano: Maria Husmann, piano: Konstantia Gourzi
Publisher: Musikproduktion Höflich München, Repertoire & Opera Explorer, Gourzi Edition
The composition Sappho-Zyklus is one single piece, based on a text by Sappho.
The title “Cycle” refers not to the number of pieces but the completeness of Sappho’s text.
In 1995, the Hungarian composer György Kurtág wrote a piece for soprano and piano with this text and dedicated it to me. In return, I composed a new piece with the same text and dedicated it to him. The piano doesn’t accompany the singer the usual way, but prepares the singing and reacts to the sung text. Originally, Sappho-Zyklus was meant for soprano, but can be performed also by other voices like mezzosoprano or baritone.
Alexander Polzin, Tücher für den Gral, Nr. 7 © Alexander Polzin