First performance of »Die Qual der Wahl«

The Remigius chamber choir Nagold has successfully performed Die Qual der Wahl for the first time. The piece is a commission for the international choir competition which was held during the choir festival Frankfurt 2012 and arranged by Deutscher Chorverband.
With my piece the choir recieved a special award for the best first performance of a folk song arrangement.

Die Qual der Wahl

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Instrumentation: two male choirs with four voices each TTBB and a female choir with eight voices SSSSAAAA
Duration: 2½ minutes
First performance: Remigius Kammerchor Nagold, 8th june 2012, Frankfurt

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Early this year the Remigius Kammerchor Nagold, formerly known as Kammerchor Altensteig, commissioned a piece for the Chorfest Frankfurt 2012. It was supposed to be an arrangement of the swabian folk song Mädle ruck, ruck, ruck an meine grüne Seite, in which a youth courts a girl – Girl, come, come, come by my green side.

The song itself is very simply built with numerous stanzas and only little musical material. In my arrangement I keep this simple form, using Friedrich Silchers version of the song (Die Auserwählte) as a starting point. His plain setting for male choir is distributed on the two male choirs which stand at the edges of the choir. Starting of together the two male parties soon begin two brawl over the girl which undecisively see-saws between the two.