... wie Risse im Schatten..., op. 7 (1988-1989)

The starting point of the concept of "...wie Risse im Schatten..." (as tearings in the shadow) is Jean Gebser's (1905-1973) book "Ursprung und Gegenwart" (Origin and present) (1947-1952: DTV, 1973), which represents a contribution to the history of the human evolution of consciousness.
In this book he described five different stages: archaic, magic, mythical, mental and integral. (Yet Gebser doubted himself that we will have enough time to reach the last level.) In my programmatical transposition, the soloist represents the human individual who lives through the different levels of consciousness. Proceeding from the archaic "non-consciousness" (Introduzione) via the magic "consciousness of the environment" (Adagio), to the mystical recognition of the soul (Fantasia) and to the mentally and prospectively adapted thinking of the today's human being (Quasi una Sonata), the flautist acts and reacts in communication with his interior and exterior (orchestra).
The external form of the composition comprises one movement. However, in accordance with the different stages of mental development, I split up the work into four relatively large segments and two short codas (vision of Gebser's integral consciousness and in my opinion realistic perspective of the future), which are all overlappingly connected.
The work was produced at the instigation of the flautist Heinrich Keller, to whom it is dedicated in friendship, and with the support of the Musikkreditkommission Basel-Stadt, the Musikkollegium Winterthur and the foundation Pro Helvetia.