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Wind played a shadow Melody


Notenausgabe | Wind strich eine Schattenmelodie

Sheet Music | Wind played a shadow Melody | duet for violin and double bass
Double bass part has been notated in both concert and scordatura (F#-B-E-A)
Publisher: © 2020 Gilgenreiner Verlag, Switzerland [ISMN 979-0-700268-32-9]
Release date: July 21, 2020

It's about Eva Batt's literary setting of the prizewinning poem Preceded  by the author Christiane Schwarze.

Composition and poem are part of the internationally funded project The Silence of the Shadows –  Mosaic of a Search.

The composition was created in 2018 during a two-month Artist-in-Residency that was granted to the artistic duo from the Canton of Valais and the association.
In the context of this, the composition was premiered on December 27th 2018 in the Church of Bellwald.

First Performance:
December 27th 2018 | Church of Bellwald | canton Valais/Switzerland
Paul Locher • Violin •  Brig/Switzerland
Shkodran Osmanaj • Double Bass • Kosovo | Bern/Switzerland

Recording on the Audio-CD
Emilio Sacarias Estrada Bencomo
• Violin • Cuba | Sweden
Nils Ossman • Double Bass • Sweden


Eva Batt writes about her composition:
“The poem preceded is about two loving people who were separated in earthly life. One has preceded, the other remains here on Earth. Far from each other – and yet united in their love.
It seemed appropriate for the musical translation to write a duet for violin and double bass. I wanted to explore sounds and timbres that result from the distance of their pitches, but also from their overlapping. In my opinion, violin and double bass can express the pain, hope and consolation of this lost love, which is still alive in the heart, in a particularly haunting way.”


History of origins

In recent years, the works of the author Christiane Schwarze and the composer Eva Batt have been honoured among other in the form of international artist scholarships.
Their project The Silence of the Shadows – Mosaic of a Search was also supported and led to working stays in France, Sweden and Switzerland.
The aim of the two artists was to give a voice to people on whom a shadow lies (emotionally/socially) – with the means of their art.

(See also TonSatz-Programs: The Silence of the Shadows)


Project Funding

2017 | Centre d'Art Marnay Art Centre | Fondation Ténot | France
2018 | Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators | Sweden
2018 | Visby International Centre for Composers | Sweden
2018 | Canton of Valais & | Switzerland


2018/19 | GotlandsMusiken | Visby/Gotland | Sweden


Project Results: A triumvirate of Poetry book, Audio CD and Sheet music

Poetry book | The Silence of the Shadows – Mosaic of a Search
© 2020 Baltrum Verlag, Haßloch/Germany. [ISBN 978-3-752952-66-7]

Audio CDThe Silence of the Shadows – Mosaic of a Search | Poetry & Music
© 2020 Baltrum Verlag, Haßloch/Germany. [ISBN 978-3-00-065828-0]

Sheet Music | Wind played a shadow Melody | duet for violin and double bass
(Setting of the poem Preceded)
© 2020 Gilgenreiner Verlag, Winterthur/Switzerland [ISMN 979-0-700268-32-9]


Will soon be added to the holdings of

  • the library of the Foundation Lyrik Kabinett (Munich)
  • the Leipzig Poetry Library
  • the Swiss National Library (Bern)
    The Swiss National Library has also been collecting sheet music since 1918 (searchable in Helveticat).


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