Program Notes

This is a version for string quartet of a piece originally written for 12 singers and one female speaker. The piece is based on a text written by Barbara Suckfüll (born 1857). The author suffered from schizophrenia. Writing and drawing was her way to cope with her illness. Although the words of the vocal piece are not heard, their resonnance remains in this string quartet version. We are confronted with a mixture of unsteadiness and lunacy. The piece was awarded with the first price of the International Composition Competition “Ensemblia” in Mönchengladbach 2007.