commentary to opus 22
Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon, op. 22 (1961/62)
III. Burlesque beginning
performance : February 7, 1962, Freiburg, Theatersaal der Alten Universität
Duration: 12 Minutes
N. Simrock Hamburg-London (Boosey & Hawkes) (Boosey & Hawkes)
Klaus Hinrich Stahmer (in "Kammermusik als persönliches Bekenntnis" Tutzing 1998)
Badische Zeitung, 1962
has - again or still - the courage to make a personal statement, and he is right
in doing this at a time in which music has already begun to lose its recognisability.
With a noble sense of sonority, yes, with sensibility, his wind players combine
in a quintet which does not conceal its classical scheme - with the exception
of the concluding "Burlesque", which has a twelve-tone appearance. Heard
in the context of the complete work, if the ear is not mistaken, this could perhaps
be intended as a parody - which would also be a positive point!