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Bauche-Eppers is an award-winning translator of English fiction into German,
having been awarded the Kurd Laßwitz Prize in 2003. She has worked with
authors, China Miéville, Robin Hobb, Megan Lindholm, Margaret Weis, Tracy
Hickman, Michael Marano, and Daniel Easterman, and written poetry.
Bauche-Eppers left a career in telecommunications when her daughter was
born, and thereafter some stories which she had written as a member of
Germany's first fantasy club, FOLLOW, were accepted by a publisher,
collected as Wanderer unter dunklem Himmel. The same publisher has a
science fiction series for which she also wrote, and then translated into
German more science fiction and fantasy from English language authors. A
singer as well, she has studied with Ursula Bauer.
opening question of slow-fast-slow arch of texts and song rises the octave
with an insistence on the question itself. The tempo is marked as the
quarter note at 60 in awareness of the clock which "ticks off my faults."
The wide range of the following phrases mirror that psychological truth of
confidence coupled inexorably to doubt. The repetition of the "wish" as in
measure six and thereafter builds the sense of insistence and longing to
find answers to the questions. The literary reference to Rodomante is from
the Middle French and 17th century Italian words, which became the name of
Boiardo's fictional character, a blusterer who ultimately loses his life.
litany of characteristics is almost a sales pitch to the "other" which hides
the manic pressure to create this relationship hinted at in the first text,
as one carries this story across the three for its dramaturgical effect. An
aggressive, up tempo waltz blurts out this text and is over within a minute,
perhaps one of the minutes mentioned "as the clock ticks off my faults."
bitonality of the final setting captures the sense of loss and pain. The Klang changes little until a rhapsodic section tells of the "up and down
/ around and around" of this spiral of emotion, as the harmonic scheme of
the setting simply slips by scale degrees. A final coda for the solo piano
ends this sketch of a woman's hopes dashed into pieces, the last gestures
rising in the piano's range to its topmost brittle colors.
The score for Three Songs of a Woman
is available as a free
PDF download, though any major commercial performance or recording of the
work is prohibited without prior arrangement with the composer. Click on the
graphic below for this piano-vocal score.
Three Songs of a Woman