TRAUERGONDEL

2012
duration:7 min.
for piano, cello, clarinet
written for Germaine Sijstermans and Hollas Longton

Trauergondel refers to a set of 2 piano pieces by Franz Liszt, written near the end of his life. These pieces were premonitions of the death of his friend Richard Wagner. They were never intended for public performance or publication. Wagner himself referred to them as budding madness. This piece is an imagined 3rd Trauergondel, where the monodic lines are fractured and divided up among the instruments, producing an endlessly wandering melody: Liszt’s harmonies implied but never stated, hovering in the room like a ghost.