Józef Koffler earned a firm place in music history as one of the first Polish and European twelve-tone composers. Born in Stryj (in today’s Ukraine), he returned to his home region in 1924 after his education in Vienna (musicology and conducting) and settled in Lemberg (Polish: Lwów), where he was active not only as a composer but also as a charismatic teacher and music journalist. The investigation of Koffler’s oeuvre has shown that he adopted Schönberg’s method of composition with twelve interrelated tones and applied it in a most highly creative manner, often modifying its strict rules in order to achieve the desired artistic result. The piano works and String Trio op. 10 presented on this CD offer expressive testimony to Koffler’s originality. The CD concludes with Johannes Schöllhorn’s Spur, a work composed in 2003 and dedicated to Koffler. Here a contemporary composer turns to the traces left behind by Koffler; with creative imagination and sensibility he engages, as it were, in his own play with the original material, which, sometimes more strongly, other times more suggestively, manifests itself in the new contents.