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3 Metaphors for Flute (Violin), Vibraphone and Harpiscord (Piano), Op. 101c (1997)

I. Con espressione

II. Vivace

III. Sostenuto


First performance: September 17, 1997, Swinemünde, Christuskirche
Elzbieta Podlesny / Jorge Luis Valcarcel / Bogumila Lagun-Kuzminska

Duration: 13 Minutes

Publisher: Zimmermann Musikverlag Frankfurt ZM 33400 / ISMN M-010-33400-4


Metaphors serve as pictures illustrating the mind and its spirituality. The clearly structured musical form of the 3 Metaphors consists of gestures, motoricity-based sequences, breaks and meditative episodes.

The distinctive combination of instruments resulted from the fact that the pieces were commissioned by a Polish ensemble from Stettin, which premiered the work in Swineminde in 1997. In the meantime, the work has also been performed in a version with violin replacing flute (with tiny modifications, e.g. tremolo sul ponticello instead of flutter tongue).

Bertold Hummel

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