Category:  Chamber Music

The composition was inspired by the painting of the same name by the surrealist Max Ernst (1891-1971) from 1960 (Pinakothek der Moderne, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung, 65x45 cm) which had fascinated me for a long time. The present work, which can also be seen as a homage to Max Ernst, uses, among other things, the stylistic devices of repetitive music to create the fluidity of the incomprehensible with the permanent rapid repetitions of a motif in ever new configurations beyond a controlling listening. Beyond reason, the sirens - those mythological hybrids of mermaids and birds - begin their singing ... which is capable of befogging and beguiling.
The piece was originally composed for Tenor Saxophone. There is an additional part for Alto <saxophone.

Duration: 6-7 Minutes

Publisher of notes/sheet music: Musikverlag Ries & Erler Berlin , 2021

Instrumentation: Tenor Saxophone or Alto Saxophone & Piano

Introduction: The composition was inspired by the painting of the same name by the surrealist Max Ernst (1891-1971) from 1960 (Pinakothek der Moderne, Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung, 65x45 cm) which had fascinated me for a long time. Surrealism programmatically revealed what is actually true for all art: the divine spark of a work of art has never been created by intellectual effort, reason and rationality, but by overcoming rationality, by letting go, by the grace of an idea, by dreaming or other impulses coming from the uncontrollable subconscious. This cannot be the place to refer phenomenologically to the thousandfold discussed dualism of mind/reason versus subconscious/intuition. The hymn of the "language of the heart", which opposes the cool language of pure thought and rational logic, has been sung by philosophers and artists for thousands of years. The present work, which can also be seen as a homage to Max Ernst, uses, among other things, the stylistic devices of repetitive music to create the fluidity of the incomprehensible with the permanent rapid repetitions of a motif in ever new configurations beyond a controlling listening. Beyond reason, the sirens - those mythological hybrids of mermaids and birds - begin their song ... which is capable of befogging and beguiling.

Dedication: …Christoph Enzel herzlich gewidmet /
Cordially dedicated to Christoph Enzel

World premiere:  26.07.2021

Performers at world premiere: Commissioned by saxophone soloist Christoph Enzel (Berlin), who got an state fellowship for producing a CD in 2021