for orator (most suitable would be a voice from the media known by children), piccolo, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon, amplified harpsichord (or synthesizer), piano, four percussion, mixed choir (22.214.171.124 also possible 126.96.36.199)
Texts: Lewis Carroll
Entertainment for anybody between the ages of four and ninety-nine. Suitable for a childrens programme. The text is from ‘Alice through the looking glass’ by Lewis Carroll, also available in French and German.
The original is in English gibberish but is easily transferable to German or French gibberish.
Duration: 10' 00"
Double Trouble (1990)
for flute, (pic), oboe (ca), clarinet (asx), bassoon, horn, trumpet, timpani, three percussion, synthesizer, string quartet, double-bass, various child intrumentalists as onstage band and children's choir (over eight years old) including solo roles
Texts: Adam Thorpe
A conventional opera in two acts with no adult roles, the English libretto is by Adam Thorpe. The orchestra accompaniment is for professional musicians. Commissioned by the W. 11. Children's Opera, London.
There and Back Again (1993)
for piano trio, counter tenor, girl voice (twelve to sixteen years old)
Texts: James Lasdun
This work (inspired by Paula Regos’ etchings based on English nursery rhymes) was originally conceived as a dance piece, but can also be performed as a concert piece. The text by James Lasdun was adapted from traditional children’s rhymes.
There are four movements: Dramatis Personae - Questions - Requiem for Cock Robin and Journey Dance.
The piece received an award at the ‘Ballet Gulbenkian’, Lisbon in November 1998.
Duration: 34' 00"
Concerto für Wörter (1996)
for male and female orator and male and female voices
Texts: Isolde Schaad
A rhythmical and difficult speaking part for mixed speaking choir. A lively, humorous, theatrical and cheeky piece with choreography, lighting and text from the book ‘KüsschenTschüss - Sprachbilder und Geschichten zur öffentlichen Psycho hygiene’ by Isolde Schaad.
Duration: 12' 00"
for twenty strings (188.8.131.52.1)
A three-part piece written for an amateur choir.
Andante inquieto - Prestissimo e molto energico - Andante Tranquillo.
A quasi autobiographical chronicle of a day in the life of a mother with two small children. A commission by Chris Walton for the ‘Witikoner Streichorchester’.
Duration: 4' 00"
STAGE PIECE (1997)
for violoncello solo
The compulsory piece for participation in the 'Concours Féminin International de la Musique du Lyceum de Suisse'.
Duration: 4' 00"
"In meinen Träumen singen die Seelen meiner Schwestern und Brüder" (1998)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Texts: Mariella Mehr
A piece in five movements commissioned by ‘ars cantata’ as part of a spiritual concert programme. Contains text fragments from a short story by Mariella Mehr. Deals with the topic of the torture of people by people (Holocaust).
Duration: 23' 00"
Gespräch(e) im Gebirg (2002)
for seven players (fl[=pic].bcl.Ebcl/2vn.vc.db) and sound technician
A single movement in eleven parts with play-back tape commissioned by the 'Luzerner Kammermusiker'.
The tape is comprised of text fragments from Paul Celans prose 'Gespräch im Gebirg', read by the author; fragments of a prayer-call from canton Uri, an English nineteenth century hymn and Hebrew lyrics from Bialik. This piece takes Jewish identity in German speaking areas as its theme.
Duration: 16' 45"
for oboe, cello and piano