Release Date: January 1, 2011
Catalog #: NV5839
Format: Digital & Physical
21st Century
String Orchestra


Gerhard Stäbler composer
Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra | Vit Micka conductor

ZEICHEN is a three-movement piece from German composer Gerhard Stäbler. As written, the three movements can be performed separately, but they are bound together through a common essence. Stäbler’s nontraditional use of the strings-using the stick of the bow and playing on the bridge and fingerboard-roughens the usually soft and pleasant instrumentation yet still allows the group to operate as a whole. As ZEICHEN progresses, the strings come closer to form tone clusters and blocks of sound before breaking free from each other. Stäbler’s composition explores the possibility of the instrumentation in various ways, ultimately coming to an end in a way that suggests a continuation of his themes.


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Artist Information

Gerhard Stäbler


From the onset of his career, German composer Gerhard Stäbler (b. 1949) has not only been active as a composer, but also involved in the political and organizational arenas. He organized the new music festival Aktive Musik, along with serving as the artistic director of the 1995 World Music Days of the ISCM in the Ruhr Area in Germany. A third vital point of his activities lies in teaching; he has worked with many young international composers in a variety of workshops and seminars. He was a composer-in-residence and visiting professor throughout North and South America as well as in the Middle and Far East.

Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra


The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the foremost and oldest symphony orchestras in the Czech Republic. It is based in the historical capital of Moravia, the city of Olomouc, and has been a leader of music activities in the region for the past 70 years. Its artistic development was directly influenced by distinguished figures from the Czech and international music scene.