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Music for High Soprano and Piano

By Helmut Lachenmann

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Soprano voice, piano
Music for High Soprano and Piano. Composed by Helmut Lachenmann. Edition Breitkopf.

World premiere: Munich (Biennale fur neues Musiktheater), April 25, 2008

20th Century (after 1950). Performance parts. Breitkopf and Haertel #EB-9007. Published by Breitkopf and Haertel (BR.EB-9007).

Item Number: BR.EB-9007

ISBN 979-0-004-18429-5. 9 x 12 in inches.

GOT LOST: a lost laundry basket and more

In GOT LOST, his sole composition for the traditional setting of voice and piano, Helmut Lachenmann combines three rather heterogeneous texts that are perhaps god-less but that certainly got lost: four rhyming lines from Friedrich Nietzsche, Fernando Pessoa's poem Todas as cartas de amore sao ridiculas (All love letters are ridiculous) - and a succinct English-language note that bemoans the loss of a laundry basket, which is what actually gives the work its name.

Three only seemingly incompatible texts, stripped of their pathos-laden, poetic and profane diction, are sent from the same sound source - a soprano voice singing 'in whatever way' - into a intervallically ever-changing field of sound, reverberation and movement. Calling out, playfully, 'warbling' and lamenting arioso: they interrupt and pervade one another, thus marking out a space that ultimately remains foreign to them, and in which - as in all my compositions - music reflects upon itself with 'expression'-less joviality, thus showing its awareness of the transcendent, god-less message of 'ridicolas' that unifies these three texts.
(Helmut Lachenmann, 2010)


Text 1 (Nietzsche)
Friedrich Nietzsche

27. Der Wandrer

Kein Pfad mehr! Abgrund rings und Todtenstille!
So wolltest dus! Vom Pfade wich dein Wille!
Nun, Wandrer, gilts! Nun blicke kalt und klar!
Verloren bist du, glaubst du an Gefahr.

(by Friedrich Nietzsche: Die frohliche Wissenschaft.
Scherz, List und Rache. Vorspiel in deutschen Reimen, Chemnitz 1882)

Text 2 (Pessoa)
Fernando Pessoa [using the alias Alvaro de Campos]

Todas as cartas de amor sao ridiculas

Todas as cartas de amor sao
Nao seriam cartas de amor se nao fossem

Tambem escrevi em meu tempo cartas de amor,
Como as outras,

As cartas de amor, se ha amor,
Tem de ser

Mas, afinal,
So as criaturas que nunca escreveram
Cartas de amor
E que sao

Quem me dera no tempo em que escrevia
Sem dar por iso
Cartas de amor

A verdade e que hoje
As minhas memorias
Dessas cartas de amor
E que sao

(Todas as palavras esdruxulas,
Como os sentimentos esdruxulos,
Sao naturalmente

Text 3 (got lost-Annonce)

Today my laundry basket got lost.
It was last seen standing in front of the dryer.
Since it is pretty difficult to carry the laundry without it I'd be most happy to get it back.

(Notice in the elevator of the Villa Walther in Berlin-Grunewald, 2001/02?)

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, Rainer: Bilder-Sturm-Flut. Helmut Lachenmanns GOT LOST zwischen Ikonen, Ikonoklasmus und Selbstbildnis, in: Helmut Lachenmann: Musik mit Bildern? Hrsg. von Matteo Nanni und Matthias Schmidt (= eikones, hrsg. von Nationalen Forschungsschwerpunkt Bildkritik an der Universitat Basel), Munchen: Wilhelm Fink 2012, pp. 141-169.
Saxer, Marion: Kunstgesang als Klangsymbol. Belcanto in experimenteller Vokalmusik nach 1960, in: Musik & Asthetik, Heft 92 (Oktober 2019), S. 5-25

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