"Brief an den Vater"
Text by Franz Kafka
With the voice of Martin Engler
It is of course about this famous letter from Kafka to his father, a letter that he has never sent to him. Only a couple of sentences are taken from this long threatening letter They have been chosen because of their accuracy toward the grievances that Kafka communicate to his father but basically because they reveal the nature of the writer, the mould in which he has taken his shape and also the substrate of his literary themes.
For more than 8 years, I've been working on a long work dedicated to this author and his writings. The recordings from "Lettre au père" (Letter to his father) have been produced in 2002 to be included in the development of this work. But the astonishing reading of Martin Engler on this abrasive, intimate and tragic text has driven me to dedicate him a special place in the piece.
What have I done with this? Here I am stunned in front of this hybrid being, not really music neither Hörspiel, which is constituted of sounds, words, ideas, images and who seems like if it wanted to escape from any classification. So I am putting this with the "essays".
To conclude, a little word about the properties of the sound material. They are mostly produced from the voice, sometimes narrative, sometimes simply vocal, also sometimes metamorphoses in pure sonorities. That kind of discourse, raw, hesitating and without seduction. I have taken that risk.
"Brief an den Vater" is a commission of the ZKM | Karlsruhe.
World Premiere at the ZKM | Karlsruhe, Germany, Feb. 2005.
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