for violoncello solo (1980)

The unusually large number of different timbres and the special intensity of the sound produced by a violoncello, along with the potential intensity of musical expression, led to the conception of a solo work for this instrument. In a kaleidoscopic way, the mood changes – sometimes suddenly and unexpectedly, sometimes gradually with flowing transitions. The performer can influence the course of the piece by helping to determine the durations, pauses and tempo of the musical events over long passages.

©Breitkopf & Härtel, Wiesbaden


for violoncello solo

9 min.


Cologne, 1980

Matthias Hofmann, violoncello

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About Michael obst

Michael Obst is a composer, pianist, and teacher. He began his successful composing career with electronic music and subsequently composed works for music theater, film and concert halls. His experience as a pianist with the Ensemble Modern, enriched his understanding of contemporary music. After 25 fulfilling years of teaching, he is now excited to once again concentrate on his own composition projects.

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