In his latest composition, Beat Furrer follows the enigmatic and tortuous paths of the Orpheus myth, attempting to fill the gaps and hollows that have evolved around these episodes from the twilight of history with the expressive strength and innovative, reinterpreting power of New Music.
A man and a woman are separated/united in search of the utopia of the "High Pair". "He" tries to find out from his history, guided and moved by the feeling that: I was Orpheus. Hesitantly and slowly "she" steps as if from out of her own shadow that was once perhaps Eurydice. But there is no real encounter, nor is self-encounter allowed.
Furrer’s Orpheus metamorphoses are variations on the forbidden look, this one and only wrong movement, as we know with fatal consequences. From various perspectives, the piece orbits, mirrors and reflects the broken myth again and again. Furrer’s sound horizons cancel out the moment, focussing time and history. Thus, "Begehren" becomes a kind of shorthand of myths, a music of fate, in which it is not really granted to anyone to escape the spell. The search for the other condition ends in solitude redoubled.