Steinschlag, op. 17.2 (1999)

Five different aspects determine the form and the inner nature of this music. Stone as sound: an exploration of the sonic possibilities of this new instrument. Stone as a formal and microformal source of inspiration: individual pieces, juxtaposed as it were. Serpentine stone from the Puschlav (the sound plates of the lithophone): associations with this region’s world of legends (the ‘weather-maker’, the danger of
rockslides etc.) as well as the supposedly healing properties of this stone against snake poison. Age and history of stone-fi nds transposed into music: partial use of ‘dead’ material of historical composer personalities. Rockfall, immediate: as a danger and as movement.