K*tzbühel – a patriotic Tribute

for string quartet and accordion [2008] | duration: 17’00”

  1. Von Jägern und Schürzen
  2. Von Stadln und Musikanten

Due to the media and entertainment industry in our affluent society we are constantly hunted from show to show, are flung from party to party and perpetually urged to “celebrate” (even if we do not know what). Well known protagonists propagate in bright lustre formats the “true” art of living: sporty drivers of rapid hot rods, glittering society starlets, yodeling après skiers, stylish lobbyists – the model effect of these idols gives more to think than they themselves. The horrific ungenuineness of the media reality reveals that the most dazzling exponents of the clannish party society embody, in the end, the opposite of her external appearance: behind a feigned facade they stand in front of us as an antithesis of themselves like witnesses of a profound social pauperization.

One of her most repulsive manifestations shows up in trivial schlager-music which represents one of this pieces principle sources of inspiration. However, with the attempt to unmask her nauseating commercial currying favour something unexpected occurs: if stripped of all sonic frippery, most songs disclose a touch of folk music like authenticity: at that even the worst hits unfold a touch of charm…

Chih-Yu Ou, Shan-Wu Wu – Violinen; Julia Purgina – Viola; Chih-Hui Chang – Violoncello; Alfred Melichar – Akkordeon

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