I listen to every kind of music in a contemporary way, regardless of when it was created and to which genre or musical-aesthetic classification it belongs. In the process, shadows evolve and remain in my memory, which always influence my compositional work in some way. I strive to deal with them in as controlled a manner as possible, but I can never completely rule out the possibility that these external musical influences may not unconsciously be involved in the creation of a new work. Closely connected to this are the doubts: What is allowed and what is not? How does the quotation behave in the musical environment? How is the quality of the result to be assessed regarding its authenticity?
Commissioned by Philharmonie Köln, 1996
Cologne, 2 June 1997
Rainer Römer, perc., Ensemble Modern, cond.: Jonathan Nott
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.