Rolf-Peter Wille: My Writings





My condolences!

You have - accidentally, no doubt - stumbled into ""

But before you fly off to other spots - quickly, no doubt - take a break. Take a breath. Take a sip (of whatever you are sipping) and contemplate for a moment the subtle poetic timbre of this word: "…" Could you ever imagine a lovelier sound? And what does it mean? It could mean, perhaps, that you are a blockhead for reading this (maybe even - God forbid - a "bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, with loads of learned lumber in your head"), but… well, it doesn’t. "Blog" is short for "weblog." A web will remind you of a spider-web, no doubt, and you are right, because you have been caught already. A log could be a log-book onboard a ship and soon we shall be shipwrecked in an ocean of unsolicited information. But before this is going to happen you might want to know who is the Wille in this horrible spot. Well, it is my secret name. My real one now is 魏樂富 - unfortunately - and if you want to read about him click here. But better don’t do that! Read this interesting excerpt from Milan Kundera’s Immortality instead:

"In our world, where there are more and more faces, more and more alike, it is difficult for an individual to reinforce the originality of the self and to become convinced of its inimitable uniqueness. There are two methods for cultivating the uniqueness of the self: the method of addition and the method of subtraction. Agnes subtracts from her self everything that is exterior and borrowed, in order to come closer to her sheer essence (even with the risk that zero lurks at the bottom of the subtraction). Laura’s method is precisely the opposite: in order to make her self more visible, perceivable, seizable, sizable, she keeps adding to it more and more attributes and she attempts to identify herself with them (with the risk that the essence of the self may be buried by the additional attributes)." 
"The method of addition is quite charming if it involves adding to the self things as a cat, a dog, roast pork, love of the sea or of cold showers. But the matter becomes less idyllic if a person decides to add love for communism, for the homeland, for Mussolini, for Catholicism or atheism, for fascism or antifacism. In both cases the method remains exactly the same: a person stubbornly defending the superiority of cats over other animals is doing basically the same thing as one who maintains that Mussolini was the sole savior of Italy: he is proud of this attribute of the self and he tries to make this attribute (a cat or Mussolini) acknowledged and loved by everyone." 
"Here is that strange paradox to which all people cultivating the self by way of the addition method are subject: they use addition in order to create a unique, inimitable self, yet because they automatically become propagandists for the added attributes, they are actually doing everything in their power to make as many others as possible similar to themselves; as a result, their uniqueness (so painfully gained) quickly begins to disappear."

Kundera (or the "I" in his novel) is implying that it may be cooler to subtract attributes from your self (even with the risk of getting zero).

But I can feel that this does not satisfy your curiosity. So you may want to browse my writings:

A list of my writings, ramblings, ruminations:



     The Green Eye of Jealousy (surrealistic fiction)
       Let's Return Taiwan to Germany (a satire, 2009)
       Sudoku in Progress (the end of a detective, 2009)
       Down on My Legs (gone with the dogs)
       Elise (a karmic bagatelle)
       A Cheap Massage (meet the Masseys)
       Shaking Carpet (earthquakes, Turkey and Taiwan, 1999)
       From a Letter to my Therapist (more on Taiwan earthquake)
       Genesis (the Urtext version)
       Genesis alla Serpente (the snake's version)
       Snail Mail (magic metabolism)
       Kind Regards from Ivar Gott (an important message to the future)
       Three Animal Stories (from my journal)

Music Fiction:

     Shampoo (phrasing Chopin in permanent waves)
       Feux Follets Diaboliques (my pianistic prowess challenged by the devil)
       Mombasa (the downfall of a pianistic empire)
       Pictures at an Exhibition (an accident at the conservatory)


     Ex Nihilo (europoético)
       Pangolin and Platypus (a fabulous fable)
       Courtly Love (dedicated to Carlo Gesualdo)
       Potpourri (mixed poems)


Essays on Poetic Awareness:

     Bacteria Thoughts (on metaphoric thinking)
       How to Become Simple-Minded (essay, ironic)
       Egg-Tarts (how to become a connoisseur)
       Is God an Epicurean Lover? (is He a piglet of the herd?)
       The Sexy Charms of a Linear Mindset (catwalks of surreal sex bombs)
       Will Echolalia Induce Satori? (shall we cut off those tongues?)
       Song of the Whispering Reeds (the art of gossip)
       Sonata Form as a Lifestyle (don't be rhapsodic!)
       Sir John the Fool (John Harington and other famous "fools")
       Snow of Spring (Metaphor)

Essays on Music:

     Piano Literature in Historical Recordings (Chopin)
       The Dignity of the Performer (exam versus performance)
       Betrayed by the Audience (quality of audience)
       The Magic Circle of the Stage (history of public performance, ironic)
       Death of the Bard (history of itinerant musicians)
       Never Boring (on Henry Mazer, obituary)
       The Good Old Days (when TNUA was still NIA)
       No, it's not Carnegie Hall after all... (the correct venue, ironic)
       The Art of Positive Thinking (double talk in music)
       Jurassic Toccata (a piano lesson in Taipei)
       The Story of a Picture is Music (listen yourself...)

Literary Reviews:

     Exercises in Style (Raymond Queneau)
       The Satanic Verses (Salman Rushdie)

Movie Reviews:

    Triumph of the Will (Leni Riefenstahl)


Music Reviews:

     Oil, Van Cliburn and a Sunnyboy from Rio (Feghali at Carnegie)
       Back to the Future (Horowitz at Carnegie Hall)
       Eloquent and Lucid ("Notes" by Boris Berman, review)
       Being an Amateur ("Piano Shop" by Thad Carhart, review)
       From Ricci and Paci to Tan Dun ("Rhapsody in Red," review)

Artistic Analysis: Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude C sharp minor Interviews: Silent Concert at the Wall (Berlin Wall 1989, an interview) Translations: Poems in Translation (translations and analysis) Mighty Surprise ("Mächtiges Überraschen" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) You Are so Like a Flower ("Du bist wie eine Blume" by Heinrich Heine) The Dance ("Der Tanz" from "Faust" by Nikolaus Lenau) The Heath Lad ("Der Heideknabe" by Friedrich Hebbel) Forest Pictures ("Waldbilder" by Friedrich Hebbel) The Roman Fountain ("Der Römische Brunnen" by Conrad Ferdinand Meyer) Autumn Day ("Herbsttag" by Rainer Maria Rilke) End of the World ("Weltende" by Else Lasker-Schüler) End of the World ("Weltende" by Jakob van Hoddis) The Visionut ("Der Visionarr" by Jakob van Hoddis) The Lordly Freight ("Die große Fracht" by Ingeborg Bachmann) Water Feast ("Fête d’eau" by Henri de Régnier) Wrong Suspicion ("Falscher Verdacht" by Eugen Roth) __________________________________________________________ VII
Erzählungen Die rote Blume (eine Novelle von 1999) Der Lok Magier (eine Novelle) Du sollst dein Philtrum heiligen! (unseliges Piercing) Die Wahrheit über meinen Tod (Bericht eines Geisteskranken) Goldener Lotos (der Star des Schuheputzens) 1945: Kriegserlebnisse Herbert Wille (mein Vater erzählt) VIII
Kurzgeschichten und Satiren

     Die Schöpfungsgeschichte (Urtext)
       Genesis alla serpente (aus der Sicht der Schlange)
       Spytilitos (die Geschichte eines Säulenheiligen)
       Schneckenpost (die Kunst der Verdauung)
       Ich mag das nicht, wenn man mich beim Sudoku stört
       Eine günstige Massage (Die Rückseite von Angkor)
       Mombasa (Der Untergang eines pianistischen Reiches)
       Elise (Geschichte einer karmischen Bagatelle)
       Atavismus (auf den Hund gekommen)
       Noch ein Tässchen? (das schwarze Gift)
       Dosopin (Abenteuer eines Pillensüchtigen)
       Alla fugato (Selbstverdoppelung)
       Der Bunker (Erdbeben, Taiwan 1999)
       Shampoo (Chopin mit Dauerwellen)
       Remote Control (die Macht der Fernbedienung)
       Der steinerne Patriot (die Gefahren des Patriotismus)
       Das grüne Auge der Eifersucht (revanchieren)
       Rotkäppchen und das Klavier (eine Parodie)
       Der Mann, der sein Versprechen hielt (Schönheit)
       Fußnoten (Aufruhr in New York)
       Das kalt lächelnde Klavier (Tod eines Voodoo Pianisten)
       Hohe Nase (eine Modenase in China)
       Was man auf dem Berge hoert (Buddhadienst mit Orgelmusik)
       Die Hände des Pianisten (Spinnen im Mephistowalzer)
       Das tanzende Klavier (Nukleare Waldsteinsonate)
       Zimmer mit Blick auf's Meer (Chaos im Hotel Seeblick)
       Der befleckte Spiegel (die besudelte Reflektion eines Präsidenten)
       Klos sammeln (vom Cellisten zum Kulturabgeordneten)
       Das seismische Wechselsonett (Poesie und Erdbeben)
       Bakterien Denken (Metaphorisches Denken)
       Der Cognacschwenker von Varanasi (Seelenwanderung)
       Transparenz (ein durchsichtiges Leben)
Das Papier-Vaterunser (Gebet im Beamtenstil) IX

     Schizophrenia Poetica
       Faust (Eine Komödie)
       Grüne Figur bei Rot (Kleines Rhetorikum)
       Der Jungbrunnen (Der Greis und die Poesie)
       In der Reimhölle
       Vier grausige Sonette
       Sechs seichte Sonette
       Memento mori (Neun Sonette über das Mittelalter)
       Poesie der Wechseljahre
       Die Geschichte vom Soldaten (Text für Trio Version)
       Die Moritat vom Rotkäppchen und dem Klavier
       Der verschüttelte Dichter (Schüttelreime)
       Das geschüttelte Orchester
       Meine Sammlung in der Lyrikecke

Rezensionen: Stilübungen (Raymond Queneau) Antrag auf ständige Ausreise (Jakob Heins DDR Mythen) Die satanischen Verse (Salman Rushdie) XI
Analytische Versuche: Grüne Figur bei Rot (Kleines Rhetorikum) Sancta Grammatica (Wortstellung als Ausdrucksmittel) Singet leise, leise, leise... ("Wiegenlied" von C. Brentano) Meyers Römischer Brunnen (eine Korrektur) Rhythmus und Ausdruck im Goethe Sonett ("Mächtiges Überraschen") Heines Du bist wie eine Blume (so schalk und schön und weh) Rilkes Herbsttag (Original und "Fälschungen") Bachmanns Die große Fracht (im Vergleich mit Rilkes Herbsttag) Portmanteau-Wörter (erfundene Wörter) __________________________________________________________ XII Deutsche Literatur Links: AutorenClique (Poesie, Prosa) Die Poetisten (Poesie) (Poesie, Prosa) fulgura frango (Sonette) (Poesie) Leselupe (Poesie, Prosa) Lyrikecke (Poesie) Lyrik Schwarz Weiss (Poesie) LYRIKwelt (Poesie) Satirikom (Satiren) Schreibbar (Poesie, Prosa) sinenumero (Poesie, Prosa) teXtdiebe (Poesie, Prosa) text-für-text (Poesie, Prosa) WebStories (Stories) Wortgetreu (Sabine B. stellt "wortgetreu" vor) ______________________________________________ contact


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