Dorothea Hofmann (1961), studied choir direction, piano, philosophy and musicology. She lives in Munich and teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich. As an artist she was first internationally known as a pianist, the winner at the 1993 International Gaudeamus Competition for performance of contemporary music at Rotterdam. She recorded numerous works of the 20th century for the Bavarian Radio. Now the major part of her artistic work is dedicated to composition.
In 2006 she received the First Prize at the Herbert-Baumann-Competition for Composition for her sextet Tagtraum (Daydream, for 2 mandolins and string quartet) and was awarded the artist-scholarship of the Palazzo Barbarigodella Terrazza in Venice. Her oeuvre includes large-scale orchestra pieces as well as chamber music of various instruments, Lieder and solo works. She wrote for the MünchnerRundfunkorchester and for the Cathedral of Munich, her works were played at festivals in Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, Mexico and Japan.
Some of her music is published at Verlag 4’33”, Edition Wunn and Vogt & Fritz.
Remembering Shakespeare, Five Songs for Soprano, Violin and Piano (2010).
1. The Moon 2. The Fates 3. Love 4. The Fairy 5. Bottom’s Dream
idsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s wonderful play is the source of this cycle of songs. The Moon, the Fates, Love and The Fairy are personifications of an archaic world Shakespeare found everlasting words for – a world we only may experience now within the theatre.
And finally there is Bottom’s Dream, a dream so surrealistic and fantastical like all the dreams life creates. What remains are blurred memories – and isn’t Bottom’s Dream the remembrance of the preceding songs already?
So the sequence of the songs shouldn’t be altered.