Und Pommernland ist abgebrannt/deutsches Schreiben (2003)
for cor anglais, bass-flute, bass-clarinet, CD player and effect machine ad libitum (FP: Berlin, 2003) duration: 12â€™
commissioned by â€šKlangwerkstatt Berlinâ€˜
World Premiere: 09/11/2003, Ballhaus NaunynstraÃŸe
Trio e-vent (Kirsten Reese, Birgit Schmieder, Erich Wagner)
The word Pommernland, which translates as â€˜Pomeranian landsâ€™, is a romanticising term that has always, particularly in the Romantic era, evoked a specifically German type of nostalgic longing. A local country song written by Gustav Adolf Pompe in 1850, for example, includes the following line: â€œPomeranian Lands, I pine for you.â€
The title is a line of a popular childrenâ€™s song from the time after the Thirty Yearsâ€™ War. In that war, Pomerania, one of the areas that had been converted to Lutheranism after the Reformation, was almost entirely laid to waste. After the Second World War, when Pomerania had been destroyed once again and its German population had escaped or been driven away, the song became popular again.
Both these associations highlight the fact that German Romantic nostalgia has become virtually impossible in the wake of the political events of the 20th century. As a result of the abuse of the German Romantic tradition by the Nazi regime, Pomerania, as an object of constant longing, has literally abgebrannt (ie. burnt down), as in the song.
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