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(The Colours of Happiness) For Recorder and Piano First Movement: Desired Departure (Alto and Piano) Second Movement: Illuminated Inside. (Alto and Piano) Third Movement: Infinite Fountain (Soprano and Piano) Fourth Movement: Splendid Surprise (Soprano and Piano) Score and Solo Part. Imibala yenjabulo in Xhosa means The Colours of Happiness. I wrote this suite for the famous recorder player Meng...
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African Suite No. 8 Besetzung: First Movement: Hambela phambili (Move forward!): flute, alto flute, piano Second Movement: Sula Inyembezi (Wipe your tears): bass flute, piccolo flute, piano 3. Satz: Uphethwe yimincili (She is excited): two flutes und piano Injabulo is Xhosa and means Happiness. And indeed I was very happy, when Anna Rheingans, Iris Höfling and Tomoyo Ueda commissioned me to write...
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Die Fantasie für Viola und Klavier pays homage to Bartók and Ravel, these two very opposite kinds of heroes and pioneers of the Early Modern era. For me, this time is the most aesthetically interesting and productive in recent music history – from Stravinsky’s Firebird to Ravel’s piano concert. I believe these aesthetics ended prematurely during the twelve-tone revolution: in the long run, the...
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I didn’t learn “Von fremden Ländern” in a piano lesson or a concert hall, but rather as music in the 1979 film Der Mörder with Olschewski and Westernhagen. In this morbid thriller, Schumann’s music displayed an unbelievable force, and has been stuck in my head ever since. I wrote the 12 variations very quickly in 1988; they are my greatest ever composition, which continues to be remain close to...
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I composed L’Aventure in 1992. It is a collection of four piano pieces for children, dedicated to Ravel when he was still a child. It is commonly known that Ravel’s pieces are impossible for younger pupils to play. L’Aventure is specifically written for the small hands I had as a child, in the impressionist harmonies I loved even then. I tried to express as much as possible as simple as is...
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