This collection of short pieces for strings was conceived for both advanced teaching purposes and equally for use in concerts with uncommon combinations of instruments.

The collection carries the opus no. 27. The Roman numerals after the opus no. refer to the number of players (I = Solo, II = Duo, III = Trio, etc.), the capital letters to the same or different instruments (A = the same instruments, B = one other different instrument, C = two other different instruments, etc.), the Arabic numerals to the number of the particular piece.

 

Study for viola »Harmonic Variants« op. 27 I 1 (2018)

»Für Petra Ackermann«

composed September 3, 2018 in Meggen (Lucerne)
For viola solo
Durations: 3 minutes

 

Study for 2 violins: »Duel between two violins« op. 27 II A1 (1995)

»To Heinz Hanke and his wife Jutta as small offering on their wedding day«

A scenic realization is possible, following instructions of the composer.

For 2 violins
Duration: ca. 2 minutes 30

 

Study for 2 violas: »Ostinato Figures« op. 27 II A2 (2015)

For 2 violas
Duration: ca. 1 minute 30

 

Study for cello and bass: »Study in different Patterns of Movement« op. 27 II B1 (1994)

Fo cello and bass
Premiere: 1996, Vienna, with Philipp von Steinaecker and Michael Seifried
Duration: ca. 3 minutes

 

Study for 2 violins and viola: »... und mein Schatten ringt mit deinem Schrei ...« op. 27 III B1 (2017)

For 2 violins and viola
Premiere: April 4, 2018, Koll Trio, in the Gläserner Saal of the Vienna Musikverein
Aufführungsdauer: ca. 4 minutes 45

The title of the work is taken from the poem "Finsternis" [Darkness] by Paul Celan, written in 1941. The poem speaks of painful loss in times of violence, and culminates in the line that was chosen as the title of this piece. This line of poetry is ambiguous. A scream implies the reaction to an act of violence, and evokes associations such as the cry of pain, the cry of horror, the cry of death. The shadow, in turn, has something to do with the past and with transience. So, if the poet says "my shadow" and "your cry," it means that there must have been a person close to the author that was apparently abused. Whether this person still exists or not, however, is not mentioned. The "struggle," on the other hand, suggests that the emotional overcoming of this event is still ongoing. So we have a very personal and painful, probably often recurrent, memory of a traumatic experience. The "and" was deliberately added to the title to further emphasize the ambiguity of the line: an ambiguity that leaves room for a wordless music of painful sensation.