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Bušs, Santa: Absinthe 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Absinthe
  • Composer: 
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    9
  • Year of composition: 
    2012
  • First performance (year): 
    0
  • Conductor: 
    No
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Absinthe is one of the most mystical beverages in the world, and there are hundreds of legends and stories about its specific effect on the imbiber. The only true fact about it is that the beverage, which is known as the 'green fairy', was banned for nearly a century. I am fascinated by the special 'absinthe effect'- the changed sense of reality, the flow and ebb of energy, nervousness which interweaves with apathy and a sense of helpless paralysis, as well as a nearly uncontrollable shift between reality and hallucinations. I am equally interested in the specific process of enjoying absinthe. When the beverage was at its apex of popularity, a ritual for its consumption was developed down to the most specific detail. Of importance is the form of the glass and the special absinthe spoon. The sugar cube on the spoon is slowly melted and dissolved, with icy-cold stream water being poured onto it drop by drop from a special flagon. The water and the sugar drip into the absinthe, and the initial clear or intensively green colour changed to a nearly non-transparent and light blue tint.
    The form of the composition can be associated with the shape of the absinthe glass and its importance in the relevant ritual, thinking about materials with various types and characteristics that are involved in this ritual. The glass is hard, but also fragile and transparent, the liquid is transparent and then non-transparent, the sugar is hard and crystal pure or dissolving, and the metal has properties which do not change. The development of events can, to a certain extent, be linked to the ritual of preparing absinthe, as well as to the various effects which the beverage creates. The palette of sound, in turn, can be associated with the way in which this sweetly bitter treasure changes one's views about things and emotions.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
3
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
1
Cymbals
Tamtam
Tom-Toms
Other
Keyboard
1
Piano
Musicians1st player2nd player
Cello
1

 

 

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