Zwei Monologe / Two monologues

for bariton and orchestra


First performance: February 1999 Frankfurt
Conductor: Peter Eötvös
SWF Symph. Orch.
Wojtek Drabowicz, bariton



With my self-invented language “Strabel” I entered an intoxicatingly beautiful and strange world as a toddler.

Foreign languages ​​have retained their „unreal” characteristics in my life. I hear them rather as musical-gestural processes. The real content of the words is a mental translation process, then it flows very slowly down the tongue into your guts, the nest of your mother tongue.

It was a particular pleasure for me to compose my first opera “Three Sisters” (based on Chekhov’s drama) in Russian. I have always admired the expressive consonants of this language, the vowels that are created for singing, and the slightly dancing intonation which virtually generates the rhythm basically naturally.

The two dramatic male characters in Chekhov’s play, Tusenbach and Andrey, spoke to me from a distance of a hundred years, yet they sounded so near, so clear, so magical and so closely related to me.

/Peter Eötvös/



29 Apr, 2011
Budapest, Hungary

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Concerto Budapest
Cond: András Keller

25 Feb, 2005
Hamburg, Germany

Eötvös: Two Monologues, Psychokosmos

Eötvös: Psychokosmos
Furrer: Dort ist das Meer
Eötvös: Two monologues
Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin

Cond: Péter Eötvös
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester und Chor

10 Jul, 2004
Szombathely, Hungary

Eötvös: Two monologues

International Bartók Festival, July 10-21

Sepp Grotenhuis, piano
Savaria Symphony Orchestra
Conductors: László Tihanyi, Tamás Pál

30 Nov, 2000
Zagreb, Croatia

Eötvös: Two monologues

Radio Orchestra
cond. Niksa Bareza
barytone: Mark Holland


21 Feb, 1999
Frankfurt, Germany

Eötvös: Two monologues

First performance
SWF Symph. Orch., Freiburg
Wojtek Drabowicz -bariton
cond.: Peter Eötvös



14 minutes

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Zwei Monologe / Two monologues
Vocal - Vocal ensemble - Choir
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