‘Drei klavierstücke’ is the first solo project which composer W. Eichler wrote after graduating at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. These three pieces evoke images and lead the listener to unexpected directions. While working on ‘Drei Klavierstücke’ W. Eichler continued ‘his search’ to grow more and more towards the personal handwriting in his compositions.

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Released October 30, 2016

Composed And Performed By: Walther Eichler
Recorded And Produced By: Diether Eichler
Sound Engineer: Marco Kuiper
Mixing And Mastering: Killing Skills
Artwork: Diether Eichler & Walther Eichler
Photography: Dennis Wisse
Text: Bianca Sallons
Special Thanks To: Marieke Edink

©℗ 2016
RUNDFUNK RECORDS
CATNO.: RFR002

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W. Eichler’s music is undeniably connected to classical repertoire and therefore he decided to treat this collection
in the same matter as classical pieces would be treated in general.

In classical music one often comes across collections with separate pieces, which are presented as small series. Therefore the title ‘Drei Klavierstücke’.

The composer searched for classical forms of composition which represented the character of the 3 pieces at best and found the following forms.

Impromptu: Free-form composition with a strong improvised character.

Romanze: Poetic and sensitive composition form, often with a song structure.

Ballade: Free-form instrumental composition with a poetic and narrative character.

‘Drei Klavierstücke’ holds ‘Love’ as its binding, overarching theme. Yet in every piece this love is looked at from a different angle. With the different composition forms W. Eichler has tried to put emphasis on each subtheme.

1. Impromptu
This first piece of the ‘Drei Klavierstücke’ is based on the pure longing for love. The intense yearning for someone to ‘be’ with. The feeling of simply driving yourself crazy over the thoughts of desire.

In the first part of the piece the actual moment of where the whole piece takes place is situated. The mood is described, an image is set. In the second part the thoughts are symbolized. Monotone, pondering thoughts of longing which grow in their need and reach a boiling point. Thoughts which then subsequently are cut off in an abrupt way when that certain someone, ‘the loved one’, arrives.

2. Romanze
The original title of this piece was ‘A Summer of Love’ and this is exactly what this piece, the 2nd piece of the collection ‘Drei Klavierstücke’, is about.

Composer W. Eichler literally interpreted romanticism in this piece and chose a romantic and even kitschy style in his writing. After all, don’t all clichés become true when in love? Therefore a simple and straightforward form was chosen here. All phases and clichés of puppy love pass the scenery: Starting insecure and investigating yet growing towards a sizzling height where the love is fully experienced and celebrated in all its splendor.

3. Ballade
With the same speed that ‘Love’ can enter a heart, it can be taken away.

This 3rd piece of ‘Drei Klavierstücke’ has the loss and the acceptance of the lost and ended love as its core.
At first one remains lonely after the love. In the beginning with a slight sense of euphoria but the victim is slowly taken over by melancholy. Memories of past times now haunt this one, the thoughts of ‘not having anymore’. “How must I go on?”

Beautiful thoughts grow ugly, ugly memories become beautiful. Feelings, thoughts and memories struggle with each other towards an unescapable height.