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totenkopf

for
piccolo & oboe
or
piccolo & clarinet in Eb

9,00 €
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Specifications
Region
Europe
Estimated Duration
6 - 10min
Date
2017

ISMN : 979-0-2325-3926-3

Notes on this piece
totenkopf

‘Whereas in the symbol destruction is idealized and the transfigured face of nature is fleetingly revealed in the light of redemption, in allegory the observer is confronted with the facies hippocratica (totenkopf) of history as a petrified primordial landscape. Everything about history that from the very beginning has been untimely, sorrowful, unsuccessful, is expressed in a face – or rather in a death’s head.’ (W. Benjamin)

This piece started off as what could perhaps be labelled a ‘transit piece’ in the context of the cycle einbahnstraße. This is even (somewhat naively) represented in the work by the transitions in register in the 2 instruments: the piccolo beginning with its very lowest note and always aiming upwards; and the other instrument’s opposite route. But this allegorical transit is constantly unsuccessful; other material breaking through and piling themselves up and what could be simple becomes complex and fragmented.

totenkopf exists in 2 versions: for piccolo and oboe or for piccolo and Eb clarinet.
Instrumentation
Piccolo
Oboe
Soprano clarinet
Score Details
Format - Undefined
Pages - 28


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