Der Saus und Braus

Complete Work Title: 

Der Saus und Braus (The Fun-runner) — character study after Elias Canetti

Performance Medium: 

solo piano




for Redi Llupa

Date Composed: 

October 2016 - April 2017

Performance Information: 

Redi Llupa, piano:
• 29 April 2018; New World Center (Miami, FL) [premiere]

Additional Information: 

• Solo works from this collection may be programmed as a set, with optional improvisational interludes based on the respective solo works.
• Five to eight works from this collection may be programmed in conjunction with the open-form work Canetti-menagerie.

Program Notes: 

Der Saus und Braus (The Fun-runner ) is the sixteenth in a series of short works for solo instrument based upon characters in Der Ohrenzeuge: Fünfzig Charaktere ("Earwitness: Fifty Characters"), written in 1974 by the Bulgarian-born British-Austrian novelist Elias Canetti (1905-1994). Canetti’s distinctive studies incorporate poetic imagery, singular insights, and unabashed wordplay to create fifty ironic paradigms of human behavior.  This collection of works, begun in 1997, was inspired by the vividly surreal depictions of Canetti’s characters, and includes works for contrabass, violin, bass flute, ocarina, contrabassoon, glass harmonica, alto saxophone, trumpet, percussion, bass saxophone, guitar, piccolo, organ, basset horn, and violoncello, among others.  In Canetti's depiction of this character, "the fun-runner would once have come with the wind, now he comes faster… [he] lives in the tempest of towns... [and] has his own language. It consists of names of cities and currencies, exotic specialties and clothes, hotels, beaches, temples, and nightclubs."

Der Saus und Braus was composed in 2017 for pianist Redi Llupa, who premiered the work on 29 April 2018 at the New World Center in Miami, Florida.