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Ephemerae
(2005, revised 2008)

: symphonic wind ensemble

 
 
 


Work commissioned by the Klangspuren Festival, Schwaz, Austria | Written for and dedicated to Windkraft Tirol


PREMIERE

September 10, 2005
Klangspuren Festival,
Schwaz, Tirol, Austria

Windkraft Tirol
dir. Kasper de Roo

Kasper de Roo

 

WINDKRAFT - KAPELLE FÜR NEUE MUSIK



  • My work on "Ephemerae" resembled a process of reconstruction of an incomplete work of art, found and re-discovered after many years or even centuries.

  • First I created a sketch of a hypothetical piece of music, using my older sound recordings. This resulted in a skeleton of work that by nature was incomplete and full of empty spaces. Since then, the process of re-construction began. I played a role of a "music-archaeologist" and sound-engineer, working on a sound-restoration project.

  • I tried to define a general set of features of a musical style, that would be used as a base of reconstruction, then started generating variants of motives and phrases that would fill in the gaps. In the final composition I used those variants together which resulted in somehow interesting heterophonic textures. I considered the final orchestration as a sort of approximation (an approximate timbral sketch, created with contemporary instruments).

  • Each reconstruction brings a risk of mistakes and misinterpretations. In this case, errors are built in the system and this is where the most interesting things may occur.

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