Friedhelm Döhl Edition Vol. 8
None of Döhl’s orchestral works is like any of the others. Each is individual, not adhering to any scheme, neither ‘absolute’ nor ‘programmatic’. Each work moves freely in a sort of in-between world: between ‘purely musical’ form-genesis and ‘extra-musical’ association. This quasi ‘intermediary’ ambivalence is referred to in the titles or sub-titles of the works, they being, in chronological order of composition: 'Melancolia', 'Zorch', 'Ikaros', 'like an attempt to regain speech', 'Tombeau', 'Passion', 'Winterreise, 'Sommerreise', 'Gesang der Frühe'.
"Döhls music represents a central aesthetic position of new art. To him, composing is asking questions of his 'self', music is a medium which he uses in his dealings with a world, whose brokenness and fragility is to be brought to light through art… The partial frugality of the angular contours, repetitive rhythms and glaring contrasts have a direct correlation to highly expressive cantability and dionysistic sound sensuality."
Wilfried Gruhn, in 'Metzlers Composers Lexicon'
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