David Sawer: Stramm Gedichte

David Sawer Stramm Gedichte
Stramm Gedichte

David Sawer: Stramm Gedichte

Year of composition:
2002
Scored for:
for mixed choir a cappella
Composer:
David Sawer
Text author:
August Stramm
Choir:
SATB
Table of contents:
Wecken
Sturmangriff
Im Feuer
Signal
Abend
Commission:
Commissioned by the New London Chamber Choir
Duration:
12’
Dedication:
for James Wood and the New London Chamber Choir
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Work introduction

August Stramm, born in 1874, was one of the most innovative poets of the First World War; his poems, made up of single words grouped together in strange rhythms, give an almost physical impression of the front: you really get the sense that Stramm is struggling to find a statement for his own experience (as a German commander) of the horrors and insanity of war. He was killed in action in September 1915.

I chose five poems and tried to give each a distinct musical character, each a painting in miniature of this extraordinary verse.

Stramm Gedichte is dedicated to James Wood and the New London Chamber Choir.

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World première

Location:
St Johns Church, Bath (GB)
Date:
01.06.2002
Conductor:
James Wood

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