Klaviersammlung (piano collection)

16-channel electroacoustic composition / duration: 9.58 min / studio: Harvard University 2011 /
dedicated to Christoph von Blumröder / first performance on October 28 2011, University of Cologne /
finalist at the competition Musica Nova Prague 2012

The idea for Klaviersammlung developed over several years. Each time I visited the University of Cologne, I was impressed by the long hallway between the musicology department and the concert hall, which houses an impressive collection of desolate pianos from different centuries, charged with musical remembrances. One walks with respect, almost on tiptoes along them, to not disturb their dreams of a better past. Many times I thought about how theirs sounds could become the source material for a new composition.
In July 2011, I finally spent some hours and elicited quite “un-pianistic” sonic expressions from some of the instruments. A large spectrum of those played sequences, together with their transformations, became the starting point for an outrageous sound travel into the sonic world of piano.

Christoph von Blumr√∂der’s relentless work for the study and performance of electroacoustic and acousmatic music has been an inspiration for my own work since many years. Klaviersammlung is an homage to him; a sounding, rattling, screeching, and singing present for this 60th birthday.