OMENS.THESAURÓS for sextet (2009)
The title refers at the same time to prophetic signs (omens) that could direct our attention to hidden meanings, also to the richness (thesaurós) of the perception of the world we could aspire at…In musical terms, thesaurós indicates the special consistency of the sound body, the mosaic-like composition, the multitude of details in rhythm or manner of playing; as a metaphor, it is supported through the multitude of ornaments and of metallic timbres (suggesting jewelries, coins, weapons) in the lines of the tandem piano-percussion, also in the short events of the accompanying instruments (bells, metal sticks and little spheres) assigned to the other four performers: flute, clarinet, violin and violoncello are evolving together, sometimes in an alert manner, within several sequences that are described also through contrasting dynamics (forte – piano). A middle part, almost static, in a meditative mode, gives to the piano a more pregnant role: while the encrusted motifs, repeated with minimal variations, are requesting concentration on the large arch of expression, the broken lines in the percussion are suggesting the exploration of old coffers containing jewels of any kind…In this part omens appear punctually at the winds and strings – thought as discreet signs of an continuous presence…The final part brings with it a tentative of returning to the start point, but this atypical reprise remains somehow whittled, thus creating the feeling of breaking off with the mirage…
Dedicated to Hans-Peter Frehner, Manfred Spitaler, Urs Bumbacher, Nicola Romano, Lorenz Haas, Viktor Müller, members of the ensemble für neue musik zürich, who commanded this work in 2009. Many thanks to the conductor Andreas Brenner, also to Elisabeth Märkli, for support and friendship.
- Chamber Music