November 2015 | Celan Fragments
Currently, Jan-Willem van Herpen is working on a collection of 9 settings of fragments of poetry by the Rumanian poet Paul Celan (1920-1970). The main theme of these text fragments is the Absent Other. The piece will be written for the German mezzo-soprano Sabine Schilling.
In this new project, the much-used miniature form will be pushed to its limits. The compositional aim is to create melancholic and expressive musical images by using very concise yet accurate gestures.