Volker David Kirchner has repeatedly been denied the recognition he deserves, because he wasn’t convicted of the aesthetic ideas, which the avant-garde thought were the only valid ones. For Kirchner e.g. the reference to the tradition and particularly to the sound of the human voice can not be denied. His obsidian songs are characterized by almost theatrical drama, while the songs by Else Lasker-Schüler and the cycle Media vita in morte sumus rather emphasize the meditative. The two last mentioned works are written for Julia Ostertag, of whom Kirchner is fascinated.