for Strings, op. 104 (1999)
ma non troppo
Tempo di Tango
performance : November 15, 1999, Werneck
Kammerorchester Schloss Werneck
/ Ulf Klausenitzer
Vogt & Fritz (Score and parts are available for purchase!)
corrections by the composer to the edition published by Vogt und Fritz:
Tempo di Tango:
bar 16-23: Violin 1-8: arco; from bar 24 pizz. again.
28-35: Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass: arco; from bar 38 pizz. again.
45+47: Violin 5-8: arco (not pizz.)
Violin 1-3 and 5-7, Viola: con sordino
In 7 movements, an attempt is
made to convert the title into musical structures.
1) Adagio: a gradually constructed 12-part chord, heard again at
the end of the movement a third higher, is the frame in which layers of sound
are restructured within the narrowest of spaces.
Mvt. 2) Allegro ma
non troppo: a G major chord (in second inversion) is present throughout
this somewhat burlesque movement and is commented on rhythmically and harmonically
by extraneous sounds and clouding.
Mvt. 3) Sostenuto: a "symphonic"
gesture undergoes a short development, but loses its way more and more in the
course of the movement.
Mvt. 4) Tempo di Tango: rhythmical
pizzicati and percussive effects are interrupted twice by lively tango episodes
and are led to a surprising ending.
Mvt. 5) In the Passacaglia
is the most obvious realisation of the title: endless variations over a constant
series of notes.
Mvt. 6) Chorale: different rhythmical transparencies
run alongside each other; at the same time, a chorale-like gesture is heard five
Mvt. 7) Presto: a restless, chromatic 4-note series
dominates the final movement, interrupted twice by a lyrical insertion.
work was a commission by the Kammerorchester (Chamber Orchestra) Schloss Werneck