EINE PUPPE DIE KEINER MEHR MAG
for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, trombne, accordion, violin, viola, cello and double-bass
In 1982, the 17-year-old singer Nicole (Nicole Seibert) won the Eurovision Prize with the song “Ein Bißchen Frieden” (composition: Ralph Siegel, lyrics: Bernd Opinion). By coincidence I came across this song again, the sweet melody of which I still remember vividly from when I was a child. I was amazed to find that this seemingly harmless song tells a remarkable amount about the time period when it was composed. Most striking is that the lyrics seemed to react on the Cold War. So it is probably not too far-fetched to relate the lines: "I sing my song because I'm afraid of the dark hoping that nothing bad will happen" in connection with the refrain line "A little peace" to the impending nuclear war.
What surprised me even more in the text, however, is the latent disregard for the female gender. This is most clearly expressed in the following lines: "On some days I feel like a doll that nobody likes anymore" or even more in "I know my songs don't change much, I'm just a girl who says what it feels ”.
My composition "Eine Puppe die keiner mehr mag" only uses material that in one way or another was derived directly from the hit. I try to read the song from today's perspective in deconstructive fashion and to highlight the “darker” or “unconscious” aspects it contains. In terms of sound and texture, I try to reverse the opposite and use dense, harmonious swelling and declining surfaces. For text fragments I use megaphones, which represent the opposite of the original song, which is presented in a personal and deliberately naive fashion.
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