Instrumentation: Flute in C, Bb Clarinet / Bb Bass Clarinet, Basson, Percussion (suspended Cymbal, Tam Tan, two Triangles, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, 2 Congas, Chimes and Vibraphone), Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello.
Duration: c.a. 7:30 minutes.
Year of composition: 2008
Premiere: December 1, 2018 (End of the XIX Young Composers Composition Contest organized by the CDMC and the Author Foundation).
Auditorium 400. Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum (Madrid)
Marc Moncusi (Conductor)
Observations: First Prize “Xavier Montsalvage”
This work is based on the experience of observing a kaleidoscope – a cylinder formed by a series of mirrors on which different geometric figures produced by the movement of different crystals inside it are reflected. This experience brought to music, brings as a consequence, the appearance of different materials that are going to be transformed into the different instruments.
This consequence also draws inspiration from Sator’s Square, an ancient magic square found in various archaeological sites in various parts of Europe. A multi palindrome that has been a source of inspiration for many composers, with Webern as the greatest exponent.
In addition to this multiplication of materials, the spatial aspect will have great importance, having as a consequence the distribution of the instruments on the stage, as well as the association of different instrumental combinations throughout the work. This fact will cause the ensemble to be a single living sound instrument, which is continually transforming itself.
The work of the timbre, as well as the use of the instrumental possibilities around it, will be the “leitmotif” of the work, which will produce an organic body in continuous movement.