"No man ever steps in the same river twice" (Heraclitus)



is a modular composition that has been created in collaboration between the Korean composer Geonyong Lee and the Dutch composer Cord Meijering, following an idea by Wolfgang Lessing.

For mezzo soprano, ensemble, choir and orchestra

The whole work contains 8 modules (movements):

The modules no. 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8 have been composed by Geonyong Lee and Cord Meijering.

The modules 2, 4 and 6 are parts of psalm compositions, that are praising the Christian God. They can be chosen from music by traditional composers of 17th, 19th and 20th Century (free selection).

Basic structure:
Complains about the world, that get answered by the praise of the Christian God.

The durations of the modules are fixed:
Module 1 (composed by Cord Meijering, lyrics: 17th Century) approx. 8 minutes 30 seconds
Module 2 (composed by a composer from 17th Century) approx. 5 minutes 30 seconds
Module 3 (composed by Cord Meijering, lyrics: 19th Century) approx. 8 minutes 30 seconds
Module 4 (composed by a composer from 19th Century) approx. 13 minutes 40 seconds
Module 5 (composed by Geonyong Lee, lyrics: 20th Century) approx. 13 minutes 40 seconds
Module 6 (composed by a composer from 20th Century) approx. 8 minutes 30 seconds
Module 7 (composed by Cord Meijering, lyrics: 21st Century) approx. 8 minutes 30 seconds
Module 8 (composed by Geonyong Lee, lyrics: Psalm 150) approx. 8 minutes 30 seconds.
Modules 1, 3, 5, 7: “complains” versus modules 2, 4, 6, 8: “praise”. Modules 1 (Cord Meijering), 3 (Cord Meijering), 5 (Geonyong Lee) are set for ensemble. Module 7 (Cord Meijering) is set for choir, orchestra and ensemble. Module 8 (Geonyong Lee) is set for choir, orchestra and mezzo soprano.

The ensemble should be placed separately from choir/orchestra at a different place of the church/concert-hall (Antiphon).

The lyrics of modules 1, 3, 5, 7 are dealing about painful situations during German 30 Years War (17th Century), American Slavery (19th Century), Korean Gwangju Massacre (20th Century) and the Congo Conflict (21st Century). The lyrics of modules 2, 4, 6, 8 are Psalms.

Lyrics by Hans Jakob Christoffel von Grimmelshausen (no. 1), Solomon Northup (no. 3), Nam Ju Kim, Jeong Hee Ko (no. 5), Marc-Antoine Vumilia Muhindo (no. 7), Psalm 150 in 9 different languages (no. 8)

Concert order of the world premiere:
01 Cord Meijering: “Adjeu Welt”
02 Heinrich Schütz: “Die mit Tränen säen”
03 Cord Meijering: “Eliza’s Agony”
04 Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: 3 movements
a) from “Psalm 42”: “Wie der Hirsch schreit…”
b) from “Elias”: “Denn Er hat seinen Engeln…”
c) from “Psalm 42”: "Was Betrübst Du Dich”
05 Geonyong Lee: “Tear Rain”
06 Leonard Bernstein: 3rd movement from “Chichester Psalms”
07 Cord Meijering: “Comme les Prophètes”
08 Geonyong Lee: “Halleluya” (Psalm 150 in 9 different languages)

composed in

total duration of the concert
approx. 75 min.

dedicated to (Cord Meijering’s parts of the composition)
the victims of the Congo Conflict

first public performance
July 04, 2017
Leipzig (Germany)


Orchestra: Mendelssohn Orchestra

Choir: Kantorei der Evangelisch reformierten Kirche zu Leipzig

Ensemble: transit place
Elisabeth Holmer, mezzo soprano
Karoline Schulz, flute
Georg Wieland Wagner, percussion
Max Löb, guitar
Wolfgang Lessing, violoncello
conductor: Christiane Bräutigam


lyrics of Cord Meijering’s parts.
ADJEU WELT (Grimmelshausen)

Adieu Welt, dann bei dir ist nichts Beständiges…
In dir o Welt, tut nicht einer was der ander tut…
Adieu Welt…
…einer arbeitet härtiglich, und der ander stiehlet und beraubet das Land…
Adieu Welt…