wind whispers

op. 85, 2020

I. raindrops
II. floating leaf
III. glittering albatross
IV. shimmering light

For piano solo
Duration: ca. 10 min.

CD recording for Sony classical, July 2020 in the Bavarian Radio studios, Munich

Piano: William Youn

Composer’s Notes

wind whispers is a composition dedicated to nature. The series is both a reflection, and an appeal for a mindful approach to nature, which has always shown us the path of life together.

I learn about the wind, its power and its beauty most intensively in Greece. I love and respect it, I admire it, and at the same time I am afraid of it. Nature needs the wind to continue its cycle; it can destroy, and at the same time it can be very beautiful. I often stay in silence to listen to it, and to perceive the sounds it produces.

The four miniatures of wind whispers, like my other compositions dedicated to nature, perform their dramaturgical sequence in the form of a hypothetical musical dialogue with people. They are a statement or a narration of observations on the subject of nature. All sound figures, rhythms, tempi and timbres follow the intensity of these thoughts.

All four miniatures in this composition are tonal observations of the wind from the position of inner silence. What language and what sounds do the raindrops, or a leaf floating in the air in front of me make? Or an albatross flying majestically free in the air, or a light that appears or hides between the cracks?

Although each piece could also be played as a work in its own right, the entire 10-minute composition has a binding dramaturgical sound sequence that takes time to unfold. wind whispers could be viewed as a composition in four movements, since there are musical elements in all four pieces that unite the entire work. Each piece is a continuation of the previous one, but the fourth piece is not the end of the composition. It was important to me to compose the four miniatures on the one hand as a whole compact piece, but at the same time to leave them open at the end, in order to possibly extend them later.

Photo: Norbert Banik


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