Lilith & Lulu

Lilith & Lulu

This concert takes place in the darkness of the night. The American composer William Bolcom transforms the saxophone into the seductive song of a woman, the growl of a wild animal or the shriek of a monster. These are the sounds of Lilith, the beautiful woman who was hurt and returns as a demon seeking revenge. Lilith was the  ancient archetype of the femme fatale.  The supernatural femme fatale Lilith returns as the human Lulu. 

God created her for evil and for havoc,
To snare us and seduce us, to infect us

And to destroy us, never leaving finger prints. 

This is how she is called upon stage in Alban Berg’s last opera. Characterized as a “human snake” or an “innocent murderess”, Lulu is formed and corroded by modern psychology and civilization, bound for self-destruction. The saxophone will imitate her song. 

This concert is meant to be followed from beginning to end as an hour-long musical story. The works by Bolcom and Berg will be coupled with music by Nadir Vassena and the young Dutch composer Sam David Wamper.


William Bolcom (*1938): Lilith
for Alto Saxophone and Piano
I. The Female Demon
II. Succuba
III. Will’o the Whisp
IV. Child Stealer
V. Night Dance

Nadir Vassena (*1970): Nocturnes I and II
from Nocturnes I-III
for Alto Saxophone and Piano

Commissioned work
for Saxophone and Piano by Sam David Wamper

Alban Berg (1885-1935): Vier Stücke Op. 5
Arr. for Alto Saxophone and Piano
I. Mäßig
II. Sehr Langsam
III. Sehr Rasch
IV. Sehr Langsam

Alban Berg: excerpts from Symphonische Stücke aus der Oper Lulu
Arr. for Saxophone and Piano
III. Lied der Lulu
IV. Variations