“You know the song somehow but it presents itself in a completely different guise”

Alfred Schweizer reports on working on his composition for the project “Swiss Beethoven reflections”. He analysed characteristic elements within Beethoven’s variations and within the Grenchnerlied itself, strung them together and then expanded on them further.

“I immediately had an idea”, explains Alfred Schweizer regarding the question how he arrived at his approach for his composition once he had been asked to participate in the “Beethoven reflections”. “Among Beethoven’s first works were trio pieces for piano, clarinet and cello.” When Kaspar Zehnder, the initiator of the project and a flautist, asked whether he wanted to add a flute, he said: “Yes, very much so!”

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