Der Saus und Braus

Complete Work Title:

Der Saus und Braus (The Fun-runner) — character study after Elias Canetti

Performance Medium:

solo piano



Date Composed:

October 2016 – April 2017


for Redi Llupa

Additional Information:

  • Included on Society of Composers, Inc. CD Series, Volume 35, Transition and Apotheosis (Navona Records NV6612, 2024).
  • 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.


Recorded by pianist Redi Llupa, 9 March 2019 at the University of North Texas Voertman Concert Hall (Denton, TX).


Program Note:

Der Saus und Braus (The Fun-runner) is the sixteenth in a series of short works for solo instrument based upon characters in Der Ohrenzeuge: Fünfzig Charaktere (Earwitness: Fifty Characters), written in 1974 by the Bulgarian-born British-Austrian novelist Elias Canetti (1905-1994). Canetti’s distinctive studies incorporate poetic imagery, singular insights, and unabashed wordplay to create fifty ironic paradigms of human behavior.  This collection, begun in 1997, was inspired by the vividly surreal depictions of Canetti’s characters, and comprises twenty-two solo works to date—composed for familiar instruments such as violin, guitar, piano, and trombone, as well as less common instruments such as ocarina, cimbalom, glass harmonica, and carillon.  In Canetti’s depiction of this character, “the fun-runner would once have come with the wind, now he comes faster… [He] lives in the tempest of towns… [and] has his own language. It consists of names of cities and currencies, exotic specialties and clothes, hotels, beaches, temples, and nightclubs…. Doddery old men may dream of calm ocean voyages… but that’s nothing for him, he’s in a hurry.”

Der Saus und Braus was composed in 2017 for pianist Redi Llupa, who premiered the work on 29 April 2018 at the New World Center in Miami, Florida.

Performance/Broadcast History:

1 February 2024Florida State University—21st Biennial Festival of New MusicTallahassee, FLJihye Chang, piano
13 February 2023University of North Texas Voertman HallDenton, TXJihye Chang, piano
12 December 2021The Arc Project Online Festival 2021York, UK (online)Shannon Wettstein, piano
9 May 20212021 Society for Composers, Inc. National ConferenceonlineRedi Llupa, piano
7 March 2020First Christian ChurchColumbus, INShannon Wettstein, piano
4 March 2020DePauw UniversityGreencastle, INShannon Wettstein, piano
19 February 2020St. Cloud University Performing Arts Center Recital HallSt. Cloud, MNShannon Wettstein, piano
8 March 2019Texas A&M University, CommerceCommerce, TXRedi Llupa, piano
7 March 2019University of OklahomaNorman, OKRedi Llupa, piano
4 March 2019University of North TexasDenton, TXRedi Llupa, piano
7 February 2019Metropolitan State UniversityDenver, CORedi Llupa, piano
23 October 2018James Madison University Forbes Concert Hall—38th Annual JMU Contemporary Music FestivalHarrisonburg, VARedi Llupa, piano
12 October 2018University of Miami Frost School of Music, Clarke Recital HallMiami, FLRedi Llupa, piano
29 April 2018New World CenterMiami, FLRedi Llupa, piano

Premiere performance by Redi Llupa

With pianist Redi Llupa

With pianist Redi Llupa

Performance by Shannon Wettstein

Performance by Jihye Chang

Performance by Jihye Chang