Wir Weben, Wir Weben
I. Anfänge (Beginnings)
II. Die Weber (The Weavers)
III. Anhänge (Indices, Addenda)
The title Wir Weben, Wir Weben (We're Weaving, We're Weaving) is taken from the refrain of Heinrich Heine's poem "The Silesian Weavers." The poem was written in sympathy with a strike by German textile workers in 1844. The musicians' repeated melodic and contrapuntal patterns re-imagines the work of the weavers -- an audible realization of the terrible beauty of repetitive labor.
Recorded on CRI CD 682 Martin Bresnick, Music for Strings.