When a young musician performs my composition so perfectly and so fantastically, I feel as though I’ve been checkmated. The accordion student of Gerhard Scherer has managed just that. “il re solo” means “the lonely king” and is part of the suite “Chess” [Schach] for 16 young musicians. The young musicians’ play is becoming more and more technically perfect, and more and more engaged. And the older composers? I wonder.