Dorothee Hahne: dance macabre Solo-Version


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Dorothee Hahne: dance macabre [in memoriam Ingrid Kreutz]
for descant recorder & live-electronics [2007]

Starting from the danse macabre ”ad mortum festinamus” from the medieval Codex Libre Vermell de Montserrat and inspired by its text, the ”dance macabre” for recorder and live electronics was composed for the recorder-player Maria Hoffmann (1st prize) on the occasion of the 2006 ERTA competition. The piece received its premiere in the final round of the ERTA. The electronics consist of a stereo accompanying tape for which the sounds of the cemetery gate in the Muensterland town of Schoeppingen were recorded and processed in various digital variations. By transposition and stretching, the sounds of the cemetery gate become virtual instruments, over which the notes of the recorders, played live, duplicate themselves, with a time lag, in a meditative ostinato. The overlayering of the recorder parts gives rise to complementary rhythms, which allow associations with the medieval dance steps of the original. The text and original melody of the medieval danse macabre show that death is an event joyfully awaited, and that live until then was understood as a kind of phase, or as preparation for life after death.

Die Komposition eignet sich sehr gut als Einstieg in die Live-elektronische Musik. Benötigt werden neben einem Computer lediglich eine Audiokarte sowie Mikrofon, Kopfhörer und Verstärkeranlage. Die Software ist in sich fertig konfiguriert und kann nach einem kurzen Anpassen der  Audio-Eingangs- und Ausgangspegel mit einem Tastendruck in Betrieb genommen werden. Erforderliche Hardware: Computer (Mac oder PC), Mikrofon/Kabel, Audiokarte (Firewire oder USB2) benötigt wird ein Eingang und drei Ausgänge, Verstärkeranlage & Lautsprecher, Kopfhörer. Für die Uraufführung wurde das Equipment von newsic verwendet: Mac Powerbook G4, Motu 802, Shure Beta57.
The patch 'dance macabre' bases on scripts, realized by Dorothée Hahne supported by Jean-Marc Sullon/ CRFMW in Liege/Belgium (
This Programm needs the software Max/MSP, download of the free runtime - version for Mac & PC:

Commercial copies of this software, score and Audiofiles is only allowed to newsic®. Please notice! Every public performance has to report to GEMA ( If you send your concertinformation to we will publish your events on the newsic website and with the monthly newsicletter.

EN2007010DL ©2008 newsic® Dorothee Hahne

Content: Software/CD-Rom [Mac & PC], Score and informations/manuals [Laserprint] with folder.

  • Model: EN2007010
  • Shipping Weight: 0.15lbs
  • 29 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: newsic

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 03 October, 2007.

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