The "Mumbai Concerto" (2001)
for saxophone alto & saxophone baritone
flute, oboe, strings, keyboards, Indian percussion.
based upon the 2001 novel of Manil Suri." The Death of Vishnu"

Hand and Manil Preparing the performance of The DOV Concerto Washington University


Vishnu, the odd job man in a Mumbay apartment block lies dying on the staircase landing.
In his fevered state, he looks back on his love affair
with the seductive Padmini while all around him is played out the drama of the apartment block dwellers:
Mrs. Pathak and Mrs. Asrani's ferocious bickering over their shared kitchen: ....
Mr. Jalal (a Muslim)  dreaming of a pan Hindu/Muslim path to enlightenment while his son Salim
plots a film style elopement with the daughter of the Hindu Asranis downstairs.
Then to ignite this mix of social and religious differences comes Mr. Jalal's
pronouncement that Vishnu is no ordinary man....


1st movement:  Vishnu goes to Mumbay
The first part introduces a romantic soft line of Indo inspired musical lines leading into an orthodox sounding
alaap in which both solo instruments explore the sounds of the raga.
Obviously this  refers to Vishnu who walks out of his trusted rural environment.
Following this alaap comes a immediate introduction to a fast movement.
Vishnu has arrived in multicolored Mumbay and looks dashed around.



sax alto and sax baritone parts


2nd movement:  Padmini
The sensitive Hindu girl who's different moods are caught by the changing variations above a ground bass.

Opening lines of the alto saxophone  part


3rd movement:   Pathak & Asrani.
Mrs. Pathak and Mrs. Asrani's ferocious bickering over their shared kitchen
Then to ignite this mix of social and religious differences comes Mr. Jalal's pronouncement
that Vishnu is no ordinary man....)

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"5 virtues by Kofi Annan"(2002)
for Oboe,djembe,strings and keyboards.

In Time magazine of September 4th  2000 an article under the heading "The five virtues of Kofi Annan" appeared.
Its strong heading was taken from a African tribe the "Fante" stating:
( Se eye ndzeye pa enum yi a, na eye barima...)
"gather the five virtues, then you are a man..."
This composition  for oboe, accompanied in some movements by a djembe,
gives a vivid description of these virtues.


1st movement:  Enyimnyam ( dignity)
The music flows smoothly in a moderate 4/4 beat hovering above  a repetitive cell performed by the keyboards.
2nd movement:  Awerehyemu ( confidence )
A real chewy and forward striving 3/4 beat, supported by a nonchalant fretless bass.
3rd movement:  Akokodur ( courage)
Courage is represented in a different way. It can be also courage in a very small way, hence the lonely start
of the oboe without any accompaniment. Courage does not need always marching music.
This romantic but strong piece emerges one in the feeling of courage

4th movement: Ehumbobor ( compassion )
A noble piece staging a dignified "noble" hovering solo
5th movement:  Gyedzi ( faith )
A real exit piece in 2/2 beat.  Djembe and pizzicato strings give the oboe a intricate accompaniment.
this part IS faith from the first till the last sound.

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Raga "Nay Nay Bhoy"( Have no fear )

Based upon the Rabindranath Tagore poem of the same name ( meaning :"Have No Fear" )
for bass clarinet, viola discordatura ( C-G-C-G ) (instrumentation in in part 1,2,3 )
Bb clarinet,violino discordatura ( G-C-G-C ) and tape ( + optional tabla ) ( instrumentation in part 4 )

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nay nay bhoy

There is no fear, there will be victory
Opened will be this door.
There is no fear
I know I know, thy fettering ropes
Will get broken again and again
There is no fear
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In endless tones with thee will mingle their song;
In thy rhythm will tremble,
Light and darkness.
There is no fear.

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Composition in 4 non-interrupted movements
Part 1 Quasi improvisation ( alaap ) duration ca 9':
Part 2 : Jhor: duration ca 8'
Part 3: Jhalla: duration ca 5''
Part 4: Gath: duration: ca 5'

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Raat ( Hindi for: Night )

Hans,Anil and Stephan in Kazan

for Bb clarinet Bb, violin, tanpura and tape ( + real tanpura and tabla if available )

Raat is a cunning piece based upon the raga Darbari Kannada which is supposed to be performed only at night.
The composition consists of basically 5 parts ( Moderate fast, Slow, Fast, Slow, Fast) interconnected short interludia imitating the nightly chirping of cicades. Raat is composed to a 16 beat mathematical cycle. Next to stunning rhytmical sessions the performers also need to hum whilst performing on their instruments. The whole composition is to be performed, as in true nightwatch tradition, only with small lights on the performers music stands.
The concerthall has to be fully darkened.
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Carnatic Bach ( South-Indian Bach )

An imaginary musical meeting of the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach ( 1685-1750 )
and the South-Indian composer Saint Tyagaraja ( 1767-1874 )
for Bb clarinet, violin and tape ( optional + tabla )

The composition reveals itself after a swift introduction by violin and clarinet
through the initial bars of a Bach gigue taken from the 1st partita for violin solo the composition merges into a paraphrase of
a Tyagarajas kriti written in raga Keervani in Adi talam. Without hesitation .the clarinet takes the lead. Connected with various solos the music oscillitates between Tyagaraja and Bach themes.
( from orchestra suite in H, violin solo sonate in a, Brandenburg concerto in D )
.After a threefold rhytmical endformula Carnatic Bach concludes with a initial representation of Bachs gigue.

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"AATANK" CONCERTO (2009)

for Bb clarinet and orchestra




Part 1: Terrorists approach Mumbai via the Arabian Sea
Based upon the North-Indian raga Dhanashri
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The 2008 Mumbai attacks were more than ten coordinated shooting and bombing attacks across Mumbai India's financial capital and its largest city. The attacks, which drew widespread condemnation across the world, began on 26 November 2008 and lasted until 29 November, .the attackers were members of Lashka-e-Taiba , the Pakistan-based militant organization

Part 2 & 3rd Part: Funeral pyres and resistance
Based upon the South-Indian raga charukesi.

The attacks, which drew widespread condemnation across the world, , killed at least 173 people and wounding at least 308

Part 4: The Taj Mahal hotel and the Black Cats endgame
Based upon the North-Indian raga Desh.

An action by India's National Security Guards (NSG) on 29 November resulted in the death of the last remaining attackers at the Taj Mahal Palace, ending all fighting in the attacks.