Blumenstudien is an elaboration of Gesualdo’ s madrigals from the V and VI Books . The selected fragments from Gesualdo are adapted to a poetical sequence based on the Elegie "Die Metamorphose der Pflanzen” written by Goethe in 1798. Like in a "Madrigale Rappresentativo", the vocal ensemble tries to represent the process described by Goethe as if they were an only gigantic, metamorphic, potential voice. The whirling and dense reportage of the evolution of vegetal life, from the darkness of the earth to the orderly explosion caused by the light and warmth, is conjured by Goethe through a stretched and realistic poetic reportage of each minimal detail of the vegetal vital structure.
"This was a power that simply slept in the seed; a prototype / Lay there closed and curled up in itself inside the husk, / Leaf and taproot and seed, as yet half-formed and colorless; / Thus the dry kernel holds and protects the dormant life, / Then it gushes, heaving up, trusting to milder moistures, / Lifts itself all at once out of the enveloping night."
( from “The Metamorphosis of the Plants” by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)