Kafka's writings become an inspiration for a classical music composer. Kafkaesque enough, made more so when the fact Kafka himself was tone deaf is taken into consideration.
"Yet another solo work was by Lisa Bielawa, who wrote a solo piece for Carla Kihlstadt that requires her to sing and play violin simultaneously. The text is drawn from Franz Kafka, using what Bielawa considers to be some of his most personal works: his fragments. This was my fourth time hearing the piece live, and every time I hear it I perceive new beauty in it. The combination of Kihlstadt’s violin with her soprano is both haunting and riveting. The two instruments become one unified instrument: that of an amped-up, texturally various, beautifully transcendent Kihlstadt.
The piece opens with a violin solo (the violin writing, I believe, has its roots in a folk style of playing, though the harmonic language is certainly far from that) that heads slowly up in the register until it begins sustaining powerful notes. When the voice enters, you can’t tell voice from violin. The blend is beyond perfect. It was unity, and it made the perfect ending for a fascinating concert experience."