Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.


Song Without Words by Theodor Adorno : string quartet

by Luke Altmann (2012)

No products are available for this work

The Australian Music Centre's catalogue does not include any recordings or sheet music of this work. This entry is for information purposes only.

Materials for this work may be lodged in our collection in the future. Until then, any enquiries should be made directly to the composer/sound artist or their agent.

Work Overview

When it ends and while it ends, something comes, after so much rage, persistence, obstinacy, extravagance: something entirely unexpected and touching in its mildness and goodness. With the motif passed through many vicissitudes, which takes leave and so doing becomes itself entirely leave-taking, a parting wave and call, with this D G G occurs a slight change, it experiences a small melodic expansion. After an introductory C, it puts a C sharp before the D, so that it no longer scans "heaven's blue," "meadowland," but "0 thou heaven's blue," "Greenest meadowland," "Fare thee well for aye," and this added C sharp is the most moving, consolatory, pathetically reconciling thing in the world. It is like having one's hair or cheek stroked, lovingly, understandingly, like a deep and silent farewell look. It C... ) lies in parting so gently on the hearer's heart in eternal farewell that the eyes run over. "Now forget the pain," it says. "Great was God in us." "'Twas all but a dream," "Friendly be to me." C. . . )

With this Kretschmar went away, accompanied by thin but prolonged applause, and we went too, not a little reflective, weighed down by all these novelties. Most of us C... ) as we put on our coats and hats and walked out, hummed bemusedly to ourselves the impression of the evening, the theme-generating motif of the second movement, in its original and its leave-taking form, and for a long time we heard it like an echo from the remoter streets into which the audience dispersed, the quiet night streets of the little town: "Fare thee well," "Fare thee well for aye," "Great was God in us."

from Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: String Quartet

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Medium

First performance: by Langbein String Quartet — 22 Oct 12. Pilgrim Church, Adelaide

Performances of this work

22 Oct 12: Pilgrim Church, Adelaide. Featuring Langbein String Quartet.

User reviews

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this work.

To post a comment please login.