Who lurks in the dark forest?
“Waldschrats Nachtlied” is a concert piece that is practically guaranteed to make a major impact. In the dark of night, a hobgoblin and his companion are whisking about the forest. The tempo is brisk, and the permanent change of meter ensures productive turbulence. At the beginning, the roles of the two instruments are distributed rather traditionally; then the violin’s and the piano’s upper part are briefly led in genuine parallel motion in the “monolithic” section. Afterwards, the virtuoso chase through the woods continues as before.
--World première Febr. 16, 2002, Halle--