Stille sprache, op. 81 : three songs for soprano, violin and piano
by Andrew Schultz (2009)
Also known as: Language of silence
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Stille Sprache (Language of Silence) is a setting of three poems from the first part of Rainer Maria Rilke's Die Sonette an Orpheus (The Sonnets of Orpheus) for soprano, violin and piano. The work was composed in Sydney for German soprano Felicitas Fuchs, French violinist Aki Saulière, and Australian pianist Bernard Lanskey who perform under the name of Ensemble Soirée. The work was composed with the assistance of an Australia Council Composer Fellowship and was completed in August 2009. Ensemble Soirée gave the work its premiere at La Loingtaine in Paris in 2010.
Instrumentation: Soprano, violin, piano.
Duration: 18 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary student level/professional
Contents note: 1. Da stieg ein Baum (6 min., 30 sec.) -- 2. Nur wer die Leier (6 min.) -- 3. Ein Gott vermags (5 min.)
Written for: Ensemble Soirée
Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.
Setting to texts from Die sonette an Orpheus (The Sonnets of Orpheus) by Rainer Maria Rilke.
Awards & Prizes
|2012||Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year||Finalist||Felicitas Fuchs, Qian Zhou, and Bernard Lanskey|
Resonate article: 2012 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre
Stille Sprache, by Andrew Schultz
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