Die Geruchschmale

Complete Work Title:

Die Geruchschmale (The Narrow-smeller) — character study after Elias Canetti

Performance Medium:

solo harpsichord



Date Composed:

September 2022


for Elliot Figg

Additional Information:

  • This work is part of a collection of solo works based on character studies in Elias Canetti’s book Der Ohrenzeuge (Earwitness).
  • Solo works from this collection may be programmed as a set, or in conjunction with the semi-improvisational, open-form works Canetti-menagerie (for five to eight instruments) or Conversations (for two to four instruments), which use these works as source material for improvisational interplay.


Elliot Figg, harpsichord. Recorded 30 June 2023 at the University of North Texas Voertman Concert Hall (Denton, TX).


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