handarbeit (handiwork)

chamber-opera for
choir, moderator and conductor


premiere @ low budget, cologne. photo: jens brand

choir opera of 7 1/2 minutes duration (as long as it takes to draft a pils-beer). the moderatorĀ“s text is structured along the model of the ancient greek drama in 5 acts. the plot is to win audience-members to conduct the choir without telling them which song.
the result depends on the dexterity of the volunteer conductor, the music is solely hand-made.

the piece was part of the krahnenbaum company koeln production "eine oper so lang wie ein pils" (an opera as long as it takes to draft a pils beer), featuring also compositions by jens brand and chao-ming tung.

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