Recently, I composed purely vocal music for a radio play production of Swiss Radio SRF, “Der Gaukler Tag” (“The Juggler Of Day”), a collaboration with the extraordinary director Claude Pierre Salmony.
Ten students of the jazz voice department – Lea Fries, Nina Geiger, Adeline Hasler, Margret Horrer, Rea Hunziker, Cyrill Michel, Lena Minder, Alessandra Murer, Julia-Neele Pfleiderer and Nina Scherler – sang and whispered, and we included two wonderful speakers: my colleague Lauren Newton, and Marie Jung, a very talented young actress.
I used poems as well as fragments from letters by Emily Dickinson. We chose to use the English texts as well as some great translations by Gunhild Kübler.
These are my favourite letter fragments:
Do you look out to-night? The moon rides like a girl through a topaz town.
The Lawn is full of south and the odors tangle, and I hear to-day for the first time the river in the tree.