WEHMUT - the artist and his model III


for voice and piano

dedicated to C. M. D. B.

duration: ca. 3 minutes

The twelve works in the Études d'un prélude series are all based on micromeasurements of timing and volume of Martha Argerich's recording of Chopin’s Prelude op. 28/4 in E minor, recorded in Munich on 22-25 October 1975 and released by Deutsche Grammophon as DG 2530 731, reissued as DG 415 836-2. The duration of Argerich’s original recording is 1'51".

Wehmut is a setting of Heine's "Du bist wie eine Blume". It superimposes the Chopin/Argerich material with its harmonic inversion, and uses only a central fragment from the source.

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studio recording by Joseph Kaiser & Erika Switzer (New York City, 2011)