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

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Wajsar, Petr: Lime Kiln Sinfonietta 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Lime Kiln Sinfonietta
  • Subtitle: 
    for chamber orchestra and a lime kiln
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    15
  • Year of composition: 
    2015
  • First performance (year): 
    2015
  • First performance (venue): 
    Prague Spring Festival
  • First performance (performers): 
    Orchestra Berg
  • Genre: 
  • Solo Voice(s)/Instrument(s): no
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    PETR WAJSAR
    Lime Kiln Sinfonietta
    for chamber orchestra and a lime kiln
    World premiere: May 25, 2015, Prague Spring Festival

    Composer, instrumental player, rock musician and singer Petr Wajsar (b. 1978) ranks among the most distinct members of the young generation of Czech compos­ers. His music, spanning a wide range of genres within which he moves with total ease and freedom, is characterized by an inimitable rhythmic invention coupled with an immediacy of expression often borde­ring on spontaneous absence of restraint.
    Petr Wajsar studied pop music with Milan Svoboda at the Prague Conservatory, jazz with Stanislav Jelínek at the Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory, and classical composition with Václav Riedlbauch at the Prague Academy of Music. Apart from his career as a composer, he is still an active performing artist, among other commitments as the frontman of the jazz/electronic dance band HI-FI and member of the vocal sextet Skety with whom he won the 2014 Vokal Total international competition in Graz, Austria. He has written music for a ballet (Maryša), a musical (Pornohvězdy / Porn Stars), and most recently, incidental music for produc­tions of Hamlet (Švanda Theatre, Prague, 2013), and Insect Play (National Theatre, Prague, 2014), as well as several successful film scores. In 2008, he won audience prize in the NUBERG competition for his com­position Drum’n’BERG (2007), followed in 2013 by both main prizes in the same contest, for the melodrama Eight Sentences on Fans, to the words of Paul Claudel (2012). Wajsar’s concert works figure in the repertoires of various ensembles including the Berg Orchestra, Epoque Quartet, Agon Orchestra, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, and others. Worth particular notice in his most recent output is music for chamber orchestra to accompany H.K. Breslauer’s silent-era film The City without Jews (2014).
    The Lime Kiln Sinfonietta (2014) is a work conveying in the form of music poem the peculiar poetic charge of an industrial plant turning out lime: “We picked the Čertovy schody lime kiln whose limestone quarry carves out a romantic indenture in the landscape of the Brdy Hills,” explains the composer. “A factory in whose entrails hides the unstoppable wheel of in­dustrial production is not exactly a friendly environ­ment, however, under the layers of lime dust within, we found a mighty source of inspiration, image-wise as well as, above all, in terms of sound, and indeed, music.” The music here comple­ments cinematic imagery, and according to the composer it relates to compositions of the Paris group Les Six, Bohuslav Martinů, and certain forms of musique concrète: “Its unique narrative line stems conceptually from the rhythm of the lime production pro­cess, a symbiosis which gave rise to a com­position for chamber orchestra and a lime kiln. We believe that the representation of an authentic industrial production process, combined with the devices of sonic collage, implants into the music of Lime Kiln Sinfonietta not just a relevant tectonic element but also a memento, which we find important, of the need to respect the products of everyday labour of people in­volved in this process, and to be fully aware of the fact that even mundane articles of day-to-day use are in fact small miracles in their own right...”
    Composition may or may not be accompanied by a video track.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
15
Musicians1st player2nd player
Flute
1
C
Oboe
1
Oboe
Clarinet
1
B-flat
Bassoon
1
Bassoon
Horn (F)
1
Trumpet
1
B-flat
Trombone
1
Tenor
MusiciansInstruments
Percussion
2
Harp
1
 
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
2
Viola
1
Cello
1
Double Bass
1
4-string