profundis" for Alto and Woodwind, op. 5c (1952)
oktober 27, 1952, Freiburg, Münster
Kraft / Bläser der Städtischen Bühnen Freiburg
"De profundis" in almost original form was integrated by Hummel into
the text "Unum corpus" as part of the Oratorio "The
Shrine of the Martyrs" (see no. 23).
profundis (from Psalm 129)
De profundis clamavi ad te, domine, exaudi
Fiant aures tuae intendentes in vocem deprecationis meae.
iniquitates observaveris, domine, quis sustinebit?
From the deep I cry to you, Lord, to you; hear, oh Lord, my
voice. May your ear be attentive to the voice of my prayer. If you should take
note of sin, Lord, who could stand?
Zeitung, 31st November, 1952
Definitely the most daring and most extreme
example in these sequences of works was a "De profundis" for Alto and
Woodwind, plumbing the depths of its staggering text with arioso verve and exploiting
it with uncompromising rigour. The première was entrusted to Helmtrude
Kraft from the Städtische Bühnen (Freiburg), who mastered the difficult
task with great empathy and musicality.