2.a. Jandl Songs

Jandl Songs (2007- ) cycle in progress, 30 songs so far, for at least 4 voices (sometimes many more) [up to ca. 1hr in total]

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Premièred variously in parts: by Exaudi, tonguestuff, members of CoMA

Five songs recorded by Exaudi on HCR06CD

ach, und ich dachte (2007) chorus. FP: Exaudi, 7-v-14, London
als ich nach haus kam
(2011) 4 voices
always/immer
[manifesto] (2018) at least 4 voices [trans. Rosmarie Waldrop]
auf dem land 
(2017) 3, 4, 6 or 12 voices
bach/brook
(2016) 4 voices [trans. Michael Hamburger]
bericht über malmö 
(2007) 4 voices. FP: Tongue Stuff, 28-iii-09, London
blüh
brancusi
(2018) 2 or 3 duos
Das Ohr
(2018) 4 voices with ancillary items
der hauch (gehaucht) 
(2015) solo + at least 3 voices
der klinke des pinguins
dingfest 
(2017) at least 3 voices (may be sung simultaneously with thingsure)
ein gleiches 
(2007a) solo plus additional voices. FP: Exaudi, 7-v-14, London
ein gleiches
(2007b) solo plus additional voices. FP: Exaudi, 7-v-14, London
glass 
(2009) solo + at least 3 other voices [trans. Michael Hamburger]. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 15-iii-09, Edinburgh
good luck 
(2018) chorus in 2 parts [trans. Edward Mackinnon]
haus 
(2018) at least 4 voices
im park 
(2007) at least 4 voices. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 9-iii-09, Southampton
leuchten 
(2017) at least 4 voices
lied/song 
(2007) at least 2 voices [trans. Michael Hamburger]. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 9-iii-09, Southampton. HCR06CD
liegen, bei dir 
(2007) at least 4 voices. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 9-iii-09, Southampton
lohengrin (2015) 2 groups of voices (spatially separated). Commissioned by CoMA for the CoMA Partsong Book. FP: CoMA Summer School participants/J.Weeks, 7-viii-15, High Melton, Doncaster.
london: victoria station
mein 
(2007) 4 voices. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 9-iii-09, Southampton. HCR06CD
oberflächenübersetzung 
(2007) 4 voices. FP: Tongue Stuff, 28-iii-09, London
suchen wissen 
(2007/08) 4 voices. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 9-iii-09, Southampton. HCR06CD
thingsure
(2017) voice(s) (may be sung simultaneously with dingfest) [trans. Michael Hamburger]
trost in wolken 
(2008) at least 4 voices. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 29-x-09, London. HCR06CD
the speciality of the house 
(2008/09) 4 voices. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 29-x-09, London
..– (2018) at least 4 voices
why can i not 
(2008) at least 4 voices. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 2-x-09, London. HCR06CD
why² 
(2018) installation or live performance
wrong 
(2007) at least 4 voices [trans. Michael Hamburger]. FP: Exaudi/J.Weeks, 9-iii-09, Southampton


[SCORE]

“Stephen Chase’s five Jandl Songs are less disconcerting but that doesn’t prevent the composer from offering a great variety of texture and tone within a miniature frame. The freshness found in Chase’s music and admirably realised by Exaudi is evident elsewhere” Gramophone

“Chase creates clouds of holding, imbricating notes that semanticize the original textual content vividly” Tempo

“Stephen Chase’s five Jandl Songs (settings of the Austrian poet Ernst Jandl) offer an interestingly abstruse relationship to their texts. … There’s a nice ambiguity in ‘lied/song’—are the pair of voices working together or independently?—while ‘why can i not’ is like an oblique manifestation of Delius, the homophonic lines slithering semi-indeterminately into delightfully unexpected progressions that somehow seem just right.” 5:4 blog

“The two stand-out pieces for me were those by Chase and Priestley. Chase’s six Jandl Songs belong to an in-progress series of settings of the avant-garde Austrian poet. The texts themselves are curious, experimental verses, the flavour of which Chase captured perfectly in his clean, but deceptively clever settings. It was impossible to pin down why they worked so well – an explanation sat just out of view – but work they did, extremely well.” Tim Rutherford-Johnson, Musical Pointers

“’suchen wissen’ was particularly effective in its matching of silly uncanniness of text to sympathetic musical explanation.” Musical Criticism

“The same two singers [Juliet Fraser & Tom Williams] brought a hypnotic charm to Lied, the second in Chase’s sequence of four Jandl Songs, more experimental but convincingly delivered by Exaudi.” The Guardian

“Certain pieces stood out… The duo [Juliet Fraser & Tom Williams] also made an impression with Stephen Chase’s setting of the dreamy lullaby Schlaf Gut für Mich by the Austrian poet Ernst Jandl, whose other songs offered scope for improvisation and interesting harmonies.” Gloucester Citizen

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