Sheet Music

Many things might inspire me to write a tune: A newly-found sound or chord, an idea from my composition classes or even an unexpected crash with reality (also, earlier in my studies, when I didn’t want to practice my classical piano homework). The results of these moments can be heard in concerts and on records, may be bought in my Shop, and can be downloaded as lead sheets on this page:

  • Count Popula | listen / buy:  | One of my first assignments in my composition classes with Jonas Schoen from 2008: A vamp-based tune. At the time I was reading Count Dracula, and with a little detour to the American cereal brand Count Chocula and the elevated amount of Pop to be found in this vamp(ier) I came up with the title.
  • Das Käuzchen | listen to an excerpt | This tune was written for those concerts where my band Grenzbereiche is supplemented by Jonas Schoen to make one loveable quintett. Thinking about Jonas’s and Christin’s playing I had longed to write a fast tune for quite a while. And as I had always wanted to say: “The next piece is dedicated to myself”, I dedicated it, well, to myself. That is indeed a bit strange, but in a nice way, hopefully. The German title is a play on it being strange – kauzig – and the German word for screech owl: Das Käuzchen.
  • Ears & Whiskers | This piece secretly is of the Alice variety (see Until there was further down). In fact, they share the same melody, just a half-step lower. Luckily one wouldn’t know … The title then reveals its family bonds – it’s a reference to the rabbit from Alice In Wonderland. When he’s rushing to the Queen he gasps: “Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!” And that’s just too cute not to pay an homage to!
  • Georgeophil, Geoffophob | listen / buy:  | I once knew a boy, let’s call him George. He had huge mood swings. And when he entered a room you could never be sure if he’d be nice or if he was going to insult everyone. This little tune is dedicated to him. Just as with him, you can never be sure where you’re at here. Just a second ago it was in 7/4 and Db major, now its in 8/4 D major. And don’t get me started with those sudden 3/4 bars …
  • Hinter den Spiegeln: please see below Until there was
  • H.K. | Once again this piece was inspired by my composition classes with Jonas Schoen. Starting with the melody from the well-known German children’s song Hänschen Klein we could do as we liked. An unexpected hat tip to Niki Thärichen who came up with the first chord.
  • L’après-midi d’un Faufs | listen / buy:  | In the early days of my studies in Hannover, one afternoon my arrangement teacher said: Avoid minor ninth intervals in chord voicings, they won’t sound good. I thought this was a challenge so I wrote this peace. The main motive is full of minor ninth and major seventh intervals. But it does sound!
  • Schein-Pappenstiel | listen / buy:  | The solo form consists only of four bars Db major over C major, followed by four bars of Eb-something (thanks to Mr Stravinsky) – this should be easy as pie (in German: ein Pappenstiel). But it just seems that way (Schein).
  • Three Pipe Chord Tune | Sherlock Holmes likes to measure the difficulty of a case by the number of pipes he will have to smoke until he has solved it. Three Pipes are equal to a really difficult one. Just as with this tune.
  • Until there was | listen / buy:  | Part I of the Alice Suite. Written out of happyness and sadness over a good-bye for a long time. Being torn between those two poles became this floating between major and minor, chromatic and diatonic, amongst others. The title is a quote from Alice in Wonderland: But she went on all the same, shedding gallons of tears until there was a large pool all around her.
  • Hinter den Spiegeln | listen / buy:  | Part II of the Alice Suite. Return. Lots of F#m11, which is in Indian theory (if I remember correctly) a healing chord, and one of the most beautiful.
  • Was bleibt | listen / buy:  | A ballad, written in the spring of 2007 when I realized that I would need a slow tune for my auditions for the conservatory. The title (“What remains”) is – contrary to what most believe – not at all meant depressed.

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