music for percussion ensemble with 3-6 players
with words by → Ernst Jandl
with 3 players ca. 7 Min. 20 Sec., with 6 players ca. 8 Min. 20 Sec.
→ Download pdf 135 kB
Just as Ernst Jandl's text “Die Kugel” can be understood quite soberly as a description of a physical process, but also in a figurative sense in an emotional, mental or social way, so too can the music that is laid around this text. It uses a total of eleven versions of the elementary form of the canon to condense rhythmic structures, to link tonal contrasts and to form a formal shape. These include a canon with irregular entries (unequal spacing), i.e. with multiple counterpoint (A), a diminution canon (B), as well as an inversion and cancer canon (C), canon D is quite simple and regular. The canons are repeated two (C and D) or three times (A and B), each time with a different sound and sometimes with a different tempo.
In the middle is the rhythmic and alternately spoken Jandl text with instrumental accompaniment.
the ball rolls
if it is initiated
or gets on a slippery slope
the ball rolls slower
when the impact loses strength
or the track becomes flatter
the ball comes to a halt
when the force of the impact ceases
or the track has become very flat
or if one edge stops the ball
or a hand picks it up
The poem was taken from the volume "Peter and the Cow", Luchterhand Munich 1996.