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

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Kroupová, Oľga: Quintessenz 



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  • Program notes: 

    The title Quintessenz for solo violin evokes that the core, intention and the result of my composition is the deepest fifth of the empty strings of the solo instrument. It is not necessary to introduce more closely the fascination resulting from the sound of this pure empty fifth carrying the highest possible number of aliquots. It surely sounds like no other. Silky, mysterious even demonic, hiding in itself an unheard musical world, like a little genome.
    ‘Quinta essentia’ (lat.) ‘the fifth being’, the softest air – ether, Aristotle himself added to his theory of the four elements (earth, water, air, fire) that are supposed to create the very essence of existence. One can say that the fifth in this context carries all kinds of connections. I let it grow independently and it seems to have grown not only linearly but also vertically. This way of writing gave me the chance to create an imaginary net around listeners in which they are able to understand it. The piece is deliberately written without any bars. At its meditative beginning it can even give impression of a free improvisation. Its division is only marked by the fermata symbol continuing in different simultaneous levels with the changeable foot, reaching almost ecstatic speed and leading to tremolo at the end. The fifth the reaches its completeness.





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