Schattenspie(ge)l ('Shadow play/shadow mirror'), a trio for
violin, cello and piano, was composed in 2006 to a commission from the
'Trio Caleidoscopio'. It is dedicated to Rudolf Kelterborn on his 75th
birthday, and also to Primoz Novsak, Thomas Grossenbacher and Keiko
Tamura, who gave the world première on 19 November 2006 at a Chamber
Music Subscription Concert in the Zurich Tonhalle.
Schattenspie(ge)l alludes to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano
Trio in G Major, KV 564, as well as to the Second Piano Trio in E Minor
by Dmitri Shostakovich. These two works are not quoted in a manner that
the ear can hear, however; they are merely present, structurally, in the
background. The four contrasting movements are derived from the same
basic cell, possess the same formal structure, and they together form a
unity on account of the many cross-references between them.
Mondschatten (Moon Shadow) was written in 2006 to a commission
from the Cunz/Ott Duo, and is dedicated to the violinist Rahel Cunz and
the percussionist Jacqueline Ott Yesilalp.
After its opening knocking signals, the marimba follows different
fragments of a developing line, from whose shadow the violin then frees
itself. The composition begins three times before the music is able to
advance in an expressive counterpoint. A frenetic dance forms the
starting-point of a continuous build-up of virtuosity, dynamics and
aggression. Cries of despair. Reconciliation. Reminiscence. Elegy -