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.