Incantation - (2013)    

Bertram Kottmann

for mezzo soprano and piano


There's a song in all things ringing,
lost in dreams and still unheard.
And the world breaks forth in singing
when you find the magic word.

2 pages, circa 2' 30"


"Dem, der das  Zauberwort trifft und ihm den Zauberton verleiht." (Kottmann, 2013.)



The short text is set with an occasional dusting of light polytonality within the diatonic. A short introduction leads to a simple melody around which gestures separated by octaves accompany. The setting is a simple verse form, one couplet for each stanza of song. For other settings of Kottmann's texts in English and German, click here.




The score for Incantation 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.