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ALVARADO, FRANCISCO: wie die zarten bluten im winter 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    wie die zarten bluten im winter
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    8
  • Year of composition: 
    2016
  • First performance (year): 
    2016
  • First performance (venue): 
    STRASBOURG MUSIC FESTIVAL
  • First performance (performers): 
    DIOTIMA QUARTET
  • Conductor: 
    No
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    “Schönes Leben! du lebst, wie die zarten Blüten im Winter”
    Friedrich Hölderlin
    The winter flower (the image chosen by Friedrich Hölderlin as the beginning of his poem entitled “An Diotima”) has at least two
    meanings, in apparent contradiction, that inspired me for the composition of this piece. In one hand, as the poet puts it, the fragility
    and in the other hand, the resistance while being alone and facing the hurricane (“und in frostiger Nacht zanken Orkane sich nun”).
    The contrasting attributes within the very core of a single object are the central topic of this work.
    We can find this concept at the beginning of the piece by the succession of musical fragments with different tempos and various
    intentions (intense, suspended, fragile, lively, etc.) then, while these fragments become larger and more stable, by accentuations,
    speed changes or timber variations.
    Another way of translating this poetical image into a musical level, was the settlement of a discourse based on the overlapping, or
    the transition, of harmonic and in-harmonic sounds (from a spectral point of view). Thus, we can see different instruments proposing
    simultaneously various degrees of “harmonicity”, or just one instrument slowly modifying its timber by a certain extended technic,
    changing its harmonic composition.
    Finally, the conception and development of the musical material is also inspired by the idea of synthesis between fragility and
    resistance, using delicate and unstable ways of playing that, thanks to their persistence in time and micro variations, we can observe
    and understand from different angles.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
4
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1

 

 

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