commentary to opus 103e
Tripartita for Winds (4 Trumpets, 1 Horn, 3 Trombones, Tuba) and Timpani, op. 103e (2000)
performance: August 18, 2000, Würzburg, St. Peter und Paul-Kirche
Duration: 6 MinutesPublisher: Schott Music
Score and parts: SHS 3010 / ISMN: 979-0-001-20329-6
work in three sections draws on pre-baroque performance traditions, in which groups
of wind instruments played brief, pregnant pieces in churches, public places and
The tripartite work harks back to musical practice from the pre-Baroque period when wind ensembles performed compact, brief pieces in churches, on town squares and from towers. The three movements Intrada, Choral and Toccatina, combined in a type of suite, adhere to the customary musical principle of fast-slow-fast, thereby producing a highly contrasting musical structure.
The first movement is characterised by the alternation of instrumental groups in different combinations with tutti blocks in the central and concluding sections of the work.
The second movement is based on a chorale melody from the Genevan psalter from 1543. The melody is intoned by the trumpets, repeatedly interrupted by prominent motifs on the horn and sporadic shimmering and delicate figures, mostly within a quiet dynamic range.
The third movement concludes the short cycle in a vivacious, virtuoso style with a gradually developing crescendo culminating in three powerful chords.
Translation: Lindsay Chalmers-Gerbracht