„… Schatten … durch unausdenkliche Wälder“

Year of composition
Scored for
for 2 pianos and 2 percussionists
Georg Friedrich Haas
Instrumentation details

1st percussion: marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, crotales, temple block, cymbal, bass drum, tenor drum, 2 tom-tom
2nd percussion: marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, wood block, bass drum, snare drum, tom-tom, gongs, tam-tam, cymbal
Table of Contents

Schichtung, Schwingung, Abbruch
In memoriam Richard H. Stern
“… indem ich die unsichtbare Protagonistin vor den Vorhang hole…” (für Gösta Neuwirth)


World Premiere

Location: Salzburg / Austria
Date: 12.12.1992
Orchestra: Austrian Art Ensemble
Die Entstehung dieses Werks wurde durch das Bundesministerium für Unterricht und Kunst gefördert.

Work introduction

I. Stratification, Oscillation, Rupture
II. In memoriam Richard H. Stein
III. “…By bringing the invisible protagonist in front of the curtain…” (for Gösta Neuwirth)

The title of this work in three movements is taken from Fernando Pessoa’s prose The Book of Anxiety of the Assistant Bookkeeper Bernardo Soares in the translation by Georg Rudolf Lind.

All three movements have the same basic time structure; since each movement lasts approximately half as long as the preceding, the structure is adapted to each movement.

The material in the first movement is determined by sinus functions that are translated in different ways into notation: as transverse oscillations (the pitches follow the sinus curves), as longitudinal oscillations (deceleration and acceleration are controlled by sinus curves), as well as combinations of these two processes. Shapes thus defined are then layered, muted, sandwiched, broken off, or concentrated on one point. Out of the repetition of these fragmentation processes macropulsations emerge, comparable to the acoustic phenomenon of forced oscillation.

The second movement is shaped using the first eight measures of Richard H. Stein’s Piano Piece Nr. 3 from op. 22. (Richard Stein was born in 1882 in Halle an der Saale and died 1942 in exile in St. Brigida, Canary Islands.)

The third movement is dedicated to Gösta Neuwirth, the title being a quote from Neuwirth’s text for “Clouds for Claude” from his piano cycle Piss-Pott or a Pot of Pieces.
Georg Friedrich Haas

Ensembles that have played this work

Klangforum Wien
Ensemble Contrechamps
Ensemble für Neue Musik
Austrian Art Ensemble