Movements: 1: 'Dreams of the lonely'
2: 'How should the birds sing'
Duration: 12 min (7:00/4:50)
Publisher of notes/sheet music: Schott , 1999
Instrumentation: Picc, 1 fL, ob, E. hr, bass clar., 3 bs., b. bs., 2(1) bass tuba, 3 persussionists., celeste (keyboard), strings (1-14-12-10-8)
Text/Lyrics by: 1. anonym / 2. Franz Hackel
Introduction: Two orchestral songs (after texts from the Buchenwald concentration camp) for baritone and orchestra (1998), "Ttäume des Einsamen" (Dreams of teh Lonely) and "Wie sollten die Vögel singen" (How should the birds sing). It came into being as part 1 of the 1st Symphony LIED AN DAS LEBEN/SONG TO LIFE. The naive poetry, almost surreal in teh brutality of the killing machine, is worded simply and succinctly rather than in a complex, artificial tonal language.
Additional remarks: The songs are part (movement 5 and 7) of 'Bell Symphony. Song to life'. In the 2nd song there is a slol violin, all other violins play unisono.