for string trio
Twelve bars taken from Schubert's abandoned Impromptu D 946/I form the material for this string trio, which was composed for the "Sarine's Pilgrim" festival during the Schubert Year in 1997. Each of the attacca-performed, overlapping sections I-VIII uses the 142 notes of this fragment only; after the Schubert fragment (IX) there follows an epilogue (X) using all the notes of the chromatic scale except for c and f. Through the interlocking of each of the successive sections using motive-like elements, a metamorphosis takes place at the interface between the rapidly-changing scene sections.
The title plays with Siegfried Lenz's narrative "Einstein überquert die Elbe bei Hamburg". Schubertian parallels are exhibited in Lenz's story of an apparently insignificant old man on a ferry on the river Elb near Hamburg, who, using the power of his mind, is able to stop time and, similar to a concave mirror, in whose person all events are concentrated. The title "Schubert überquert die Donau bei Wien" plays symbolically on this reference: A single musician, insignificant to the surrounding world, was the central musical crystalisation point for the classic to romantic transition.
Duration: 7' 00"