Drawing on Paper,
from Mind to Voice


During the composition of SETZUNG 1.1 and a contextual exploration into the subject of the intermediary, I came to understand relevant aspects of the creative process. I found that in my current work as a composer, the phase of notation is one of personal importance as a third area between inner and outer reality; objects enhance the intermediary in a playful way. The composition and my observations expand into further work in reference to Sor Juana; I want to develop the format of a membrane score installation into a larger scenic setting, and explore the potential of an extended vocal solo.

SETZUNG 1.1 was premiered in Vienna in September 24th 2014 by the actress Michaela Schausberger. I wish to thank her for the readiness to test sketched versions and to experiment, and her brilliant performance. All photographs were taken by myself at rehearsals for the performance, with her permission.


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de la Cruz, J. I. (1996) Es höre mich dein Auge : Lyrik, Theater, Prosa. Translated by E. Dorre et al. Published by A. P. A. Adam. Frankfurt am Main: Verlag Neue Kritik. (Original work published in 1692).

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Paz, O. (1994) Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz oder Die Fallstricke des Glaubens. Translated by M. Bramberg. Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp Verlag. (Original work published in 1982).

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Winnicott, D. W. (2005) Playing and Reality. London: Routledge Classics.

Sources of examples:

Score, comments, and all photographs by Pia Palme.

Examples 7a - 7d: Notes to the performer, Palme 2014.