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The Poet

Lorenz Maierhofer | THE POET → the composer as poet - poetry, aphorisms, experimental texts & music by Lorenz Maierhofer

LORENZ MAIERHOFER
THE POET
 

ENGLISH POEMS AND TEXTS
BY LORENZ MAIERHOFER

Listen to audio excerpts of Lorenz Maierhofer's work - english poems & texts, performed by Synnova O'Gorman >>

 

“WOHIN & WIE WEIT”
("WHERE SHALL WE GO & HOW FAR")

Lorenz Maierhofer writes literary texts in German and English. Many of his texts have been arranged and set to music in numerous vocal compositions. In 2016 he published his German lyrical book and CD “Wohin & wie weit”.

THE TIME HAS COME

If a composer turns his hand to words and letters, the result is a poetic musicality of language, with syllabic rhythm, euphony and melodious poetry. This is precisely the way in which Lorenz Maierhofer presents this, his literary reading and audio book. He convinces the reader with an ingenious mixture of different types of texts – a jewel that awakens the reader and poses the question: where shall we go & how far?

 

THE LYRICAL BOOK + CD: WOHIN & WIE WEIT

POETRY BY LORENZ MAIERHOFER

Lorenz Maierhofer presents his – to use the term he has himself chosen – “Sprachmusik”, or “linguistic music”. These 75 lyrical texts – principally written on his travels in many cities of the world – have been selected from different creative cycles of the past years: poems, aphorisms, the lyrics of chansons and audio scenes. As a convinced humanist, critical of his times, he also quite openly gives voice to his personal perspective on trends and fashions of the times. The texts, illustrations and the audio CD lead to anchor points for the age-old and timeless question where shall we go & how far?

> illustrations: Manu Tober / graphic design: plural.at

 
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THE COMPOSER AS POET – LORENZ MAIERHOFER’S TEXTS

“From the point of view of genre theory, it is only natural that an exceptionally gifted musician and composer should turn his hand to lyric poetry. After all, in antiquity, music and poetry were inseparably linked. In this present “linguistic music”, Lorenz Maierhofer’s musical talent, his feeling for rhythm and sound, paired with an unbridled desire to communicate, form an astonishing symbiosis. Rich in metaphors, rhetorically structured, with abstraction – and at times even in rhyme – the author reflects on the world around him. The themes of his texts introduce the reader to a broad field, from tongue-in-cheek irony to reflections on current politics that leave one dismayed, from gentle nature poetry to very personal texts. His literary work is permeated by his love of humanity and his fundamentally positive attitude. Lorenz Maierhofer has added a remarkable new chapter to his oeuvre.”


Prof. Friedrich Hieger M.A., German specialist
 

“WOHIN & WIE WEIT” – THE AUDIO BOOK CD

POETRY, APHORISMS, EXPERIMENTAL TEXTS & MUSIC

The audio book CD wohin & wie weit, released in 2016, and the lyrical book of the same name, allow for the first time insight into Lorenz Maierhofer’s literary work. The texts on the audio book CD are spoken by the actors Johannes Silberschneider and Katharina Paul. In the musical interludes that Maierhofer has composed for the book, the lute (G. Zopf), Jew’s harp (F. Hieger) and violin (L. Maierhofer) can be heard.

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THE SPEAKERS ON THE CD WOHIN & WIE WEIT

Johannes Silberschneider

Johannes Silberschneider

An actor born in Styria and living in Munich, a familiar figure on stage and in film and television, winner of numerous awards, in 2001 an Oscar nomination for the “Best Foreign Film”.

Katharina Paul

Katharina Paul

An actress born in Bavaria and living in Vienna, with successes on the stage in Munich, Vienna, Graz and Bern

 
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yesterday, little was still plenty.
today, plenty has become little.
tomorrow, perhaps, everything will be nothing.


- Lorenz Maierhofer
(Handschriften des Jahres / Manuscripts of the Year – Grado, May 2016)
 
 

LORENZ MAIERHOFER’S THOUGHTS
ON HIS LITERARY WRITING

“For me as a composer, the lyrical word has been of especial importance for many years, both as poems of past centuries and modern lyric poetry. In my own writings, I move with several text types along different stylistic and content paths. The key areas are poetry, aphorisms, satires, audio scenes, short dramas and experimental texts (for example linguistic duets) and prose.

An encounter more than 20 years ago with the German man of letters Robert Gernhardt in Frankfurt gave me substantial impulses in many a train of thought, for example his ‘Spaßmacher – Ernstmacher’ (roughly ‘Joker – One Who Gets Things Done), his metasatirical thinking without a moralising undertone, or his thoughts on the problem of modern ‘serious and light poetry’

Many of my texts up to now originated on my travels or in differing writing cycles, in everywhere and nowhere places in the free flow of thoughts in my time. I enjoy wrestling for and with the word – and in that I feel stylistically independent and free from fear. Frequently, I also don’t shy away from writing down very personal statements with a serious, satirical or tongue-in-cheek emphasis – also with rhythm, metre and rhyme. In many of the texts, my musical or musical-dramatic background is obvious.

As an experienced stage performer, I’m happy to present my texts in public readings or by means of audio CDs. Whether the presentation is on stage or on recorded medium, the poetical audio journey is repeatedly interrupted by a special instrumental pause for thought – for example by myself improvising on my violin or other instruments, or also I often play with friends. With selected texts, I invite the audience help shape the text interactively. In this way, the word can constantly intensify in an unmistakably new form between the eyes and ears of the recipients.”

 

THE LATEST FROM HIS POETRY WRITING - 2018

NEWS: Lorenz Maierhofer is currently working on two large-scale writing projects – on a lyrical theme and on “experimental texts for 2”. >>> Here, you will be constantly updated on the projects.

 

TEXTUAL IMPULSE: AUTUMN, WINTER
NOVEMBER MOON - POEM & SETTING

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DER NEBELMOND
THE MOON IN FOG

Deutsch | English

 
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Before my

Hallelujah dies

Deutsch | English

TEXTUAL IMPULSE: COMMENT ON CURRENT ISSUES
BEFORE MY HALLELUJAH DIES - POEM & SETTING