Irdisches by computermusik published on 2013-10-10T10:06:16Z When I met mezzo-soprano Annette Kleine in 1996, I was immediately impressed with her curiosity and open-mindedness when she asked me whether I had written piano songs she could perform with her accompanist Clemens Rave. Soon thereafter, I had the opportunity to perform with her. As a founding member of WireWorks, she shaped the character of the ensemble with her remarkable musical talent. I realized that the same could be said about her interpretations of classical and romantic works. In these interpretations, compositions connect over large time spans. It becomes almost irrelevant what period the compositions belong to; all that counts is expression and musical logic grasped intuitively. This encouraged me to arrange three of my early songs (set for different instruments) to a small cycle of songs for mezzo-soprano and piano. The texts by Brecht and Brinkmann (as well as a little poem by myself) appear in their dialectic of observation of nature and subjective experience like a distant reflection of the romantic lied. While Irdisches deals with death (“short is your life”) and Brecht’s Über die Gewalt seems to challenge its inevitability, Brinkmann’s Trauer auf dem Wäschedraht im Januar finally overcomes resignation by recognizing the circularity of time (“… which soon will bud again”).