Zwei Parabeln nach Franz Kafka

Complete Work Title: 

Zwei Parabeln nach Franz Kafka


Performance Medium: 

narrator, mixed choir (24-voice SATB), and computer music.


Movements: 

I. Die Brücke
II. Der Geier


Duration: 

c.12:00


Dedication: 

to Henry Gibbons and Canticum novum


Date Composed: 

February - October 2006


Performance Information: 

• Either of the two movements may be performed separately.
• The stereo computer music may be played from a computer or a CD player, which may be operated by the narrator or a separate sound engineer.

Additional Information: 

Included on Volume 39 of the Consortium to Distribute Computer Music series (Centaur CRC-3219, 2012).


Performance History: 

Andrew Justice, narrator; Richard Sparks, conductor:
• 5 October 2013; University of North Texas (Denton, TX) [Die Brücke only]

Jeffrey Snider, narrator; Henry Gibbons, Canticum novum:
• 20 November 2006; University of North Texas (Denton, TX)

Morris Martin, narrator; Henry Gibbons, Canticum novum:
• 26 September 2006; University of North Texas (Denton, TX) — UNT Choral Gala [Die Brücke only]

Jeffrey Snider, narrator; Henry Gibbons, Canticum novum:
• 4 April 2006; University of North Texas (Denton, TX) [Die Brücke only; premiere]


Program Notes: 

Zwei Parabeln nach Franz Kafka is a setting of two of Kafka’s parables—“Die Brücke” (“The Bridge”) and “Der Geier” (“The Vulture”)—for narrator, mixed choir, and pre-recorded computer music. The choir part is comprised of fragments from Kafka’s texts in the original German, while the narrator reads the complete texts in English translation. The computer music is derived entirely from the choral music, which has been manipulated in order to extend the timbral and textural range of the ensemble.

Zwei Parabeln nach Franz Kafka was composed between January and May of 2006 for Henry Gibbons and Canticum novum, who first performed the complete work on 20 November 2006 at the University of North Texas. It is included on the album Music from the University of North Texas Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia, CDCM Vol. 39 (Centaur CRC-3219, 2012).