de-sero (Latin: I disconnect, loosen)
for string quartet
Two souls, alas, are housed within my
And each will wrestle for the mastery there,
The one has passion's craving crude for love,
And hugs a world where sweet the senses rage;
The other longs for pastures fair above,
Leaving the murk for lofty heritage.
[Faust I, 1112-1117]
This work was first performed by the Stadler Quartet (Salzburg) at the
Heidelberg Festival for Contemporary Music, November 2006. It follows
my analysis of the final movement of Jean Sibelius'
Symphony which I published in 2005 in the German periodical Musiktheorie.
title was inspired by the chapter “Desertum” in Raoul Schrott's essay The
Names of the Desert.