Hans Zender (1936–2019) Angst, Wut und Schrecken
3 Rotations from the Opera “Chief Joseph” [vocEns,smallorch] 2003 duration: 24'
SSATT(T)(Bar)BB – solos: Ajeng – picc.ob.clar.3sax – 3trp.2tbne.tuba – timp.perc(3) – E-guit – pno.acc – 2vl.2va.vc.db – tape (live electronic)
World première: Cologne, February 16, 2020
Appearing scattered across the piece and completely independent of the dramatic action are three so-called rotations at the center of the three acts: text collages of poetic voices from various centuries on the great “themes” of the piece. Thus, the texts of the 1st rotation (Pessoa, Brecht) revolve around questions of technology and environmental destruction, represented in the 2nd rotation (Machault, Pound, Goethe) are problems of the money economy, while the 3rd rotation is about war and genocide: Chief Joseph’s fight against the white soldiers is mixed with reports of the bombing of Tokyo and the dropping of the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima; the horror of the Jewish Holocaust is invoked by reciting the 22nd Psalm in Hebrew.