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Stille sprache, op. 81 : three songs for soprano, violin and piano

by Andrew Schultz (2009)

Also known as: Language of silence

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Performance by Félicitas Fuchs, Qian Zhou, Bernard Lanskey from the CD Stille sprache, opus 81

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Work Overview

Stille Sprache (Language of Silence) is a setting of three poems from the first part of Rainer Maria Rilke's Die Sonette an Orpheus (The Sonnets of Orpheus) for soprano, violin and piano. The work was composed in Sydney for German soprano Felicitas Fuchs, French violinist Aki Saulière, and Australian pianist Bernard Lanskey who perform under the name of Ensemble Soirée. The work was composed with the assistance of an Australia Council Composer Fellowship and was completed in August 2009. Ensemble Soirée gave the work its premiere at La Loingtaine in Paris in 2010.

Work Details

Year: 2009

Instrumentation: Soprano, violin, piano.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Tertiary student level/professional

Contents note: 1. Da stieg ein Baum (6 min., 30 sec.) -- 2. Nur wer die Leier (6 min.) -- 3. Ein Gott vermags (5 min.)

Written for: Ensemble Soirée

Commission note: Commissioned with funds provided by Australia Council.

First performance: by Félicitas Fuchs, Aki Saulière, Bernard Lanskey at Schultz: Stille Sprache (La Loingtaine) on 18 Feb 2010

Setting to texts from Die sonette an Orpheus (The Sonnets of Orpheus) by Rainer Maria Rilke.

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for/to
2012 Art Music Awards: Performance of the Year Finalist Felicitas Fuchs, Qian Zhou, and Bernard Lanskey


Resonate article: 2012 Art Music Awards - comments by judging panels by Australian Music Centre


Stille Sprache, by Andrew Schultz

Performances of this work

17 Aug 13: featuring Qian Zhou, Félicitas Fuchs, Bernard Lanskey.

17 Aug 2013: at Bangalow Music Festival Concert 5 - Kaleidoscope (Bangalow A&I Hall). Featuring Bernard Lanskey, Qian Zhou, Félicitas Fuchs.

16 Apr 2011: at Singapore Chamber Music Festival (Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music). Featuring Qian Zhou, Félicitas Fuchs, Bernard Lanskey.

20 Jun 2010: at Schultz: Stille Sprache (Hadstock Festival). Featuring Bernard Lanskey, Félicitas Fuchs, Aki Saulière.

18 Feb 2010: at Schultz: Stille Sprache (La Loingtaine). Featuring Félicitas Fuchs, Bernard Lanskey, Aki Saulière.

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