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Jan Müller-Wieland’s “Schlaflied” premiered by Beaux Arts Trio

Jan Müller-Wieland’s piano trio entitled “Schlaflied,” written for the Beaux Arts Trio, was given its premiere in Amsterdam by that ensemble (with Daniel Hope, violin) on 24 January 2005. The work was commissioned by the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Further performances took place in Utrecht, London, Paris, Brussels, Leon, Barcelona, Geneva and Milan. The “Schlaflied” will also be recorded on a Schubert CD of the Beaux Arts Trio.

Müller-Wieland has the following to say about his “Schlaflied”: “This music is about symbols such as beginning without end, falling asleep or waking up, summer night or winter day, dying or being born and the need to be protected. A tiny snippet from “Guten Abend, gute Nacht” (Brahms’s Lullaby) forms the cantus firmus, the red thread running through the work.”