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D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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Kadeřábek, Jiří: Remote Heart II 



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  • Program notes: 

    Jiří Kadeřábek
    Remote Heart II (2017)

    I built my house in inhabited surroundings,
    But there is no noise of carriages and horses.
    Do you know how this may be?
    When the heart is remote, solitude comes.
    I pluck chrysanthemums by the eastern fence
    and see the distant southern mountains.
    The mountain air is fresh at dusk.
    Flying birds return in flocks.
    In these things there lies a great truth,
    But when I try to express it, I cannot find the words.

    The old Chinese poem Drinking Wine by Tao Yuan-ming served as a starting point for composition of Remote Heart I and Remote Heart II for traditional Chinese instruments ensemble and orchestra, respectively. Resulting diptych is, however, not just humbly inspired by that poem. Instead, both pieces try to illustrate the poem's theme of rural life and to adopt the idea of "house" as a central metaphor for self as well as universe. They also want to explore the poem's empty spaces, to fill them in and maybe even to answer the poem‘s questions. Such tasks are to be fulfilled by microtonal and yet simple melodies, by harmonically and rhythmically complex but static areas, by contrasts and tensions within each piece as well as the diptych as a whole and finally, by open sections. In them, only music material, certain rules as well as duration are determined and the rest is left up to the players and the conductor. The overall character of music of Remote Heart very much comes from selected musical pitches, racionally as well as spontaneously organized at an early stage of composition. It is them which make the piece‘s personality and it is nothing else but traditional Chinese music where that personality has its remote heart.





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