I was born in Odense in 1988 but grew up in Germany (my mother is German). After attending schools of the Danish minority in Northern Germany, I went to the boarding school of St. Thomas’ in Leipzig where I had a great time singing Bach. I started composing at a non-wunderkind level at the age of 15 and went to study composition in Frankfurt/Main with Gerhard Müller-Hornbach and Martin Schüttler from 2008 – 2012. After doing my masters degree in composition, I was looking for an opportunity to finance my life as a composer. Therefore, I am studying singing at HfM „Hanns Eisler“ in Berlin at the moment and am now struggling to find time to compose. However, I am getting richer.
We are Americans – part of something larger than ourselves. – President George H. W. Bush, January 29th, 1991
While surfing the internet for material to work with, I came across the State of the Union-address given by President George H. W. Bush in January 1991. In the context of the crumbling of the Iron Curtain and shortly after the coalition forces began Operation Desert Storm against Iraq on January 17th, Bush states that Americans are „part of something larger than themselves“. The whole speech expresses the unshakeable belief in American pre-eminence. This pre-eminence, as President Bush senior puts it, does not derive from military or economic strength, but simply from the „American character“. The piece Something larger is the attempt to support this attitude as emphatically as possible. Furthermore, the piece shows what happens, when someone hangs on President Bush’s lips (musically).
The piece was written in the end of 2011, and re-written for orchestra in 2013. You can find the whole speech by following this link: youtube.com/watch?v=rbrMK5Qwwx0