Pictorial Fields: Traces in 1A (2016) by Theocharis Papatrechas
for bass clarinet, violin, cello,and electronics
Commissioned by the VIPA Festival for the [Switch~ Ensemble]
Premiered July 13, 2016 in Valencia, Spain
the [Switch~ Ensemble]
Madison Greenstone, bass clarinet
Lauren Cauley, violin
T.J. Borden, cello
Pictorial Fields: Traces in 1A is a piece written for three instrumentalists and signal processing. The piece has no score. The three parts were written independently. Each part moves through its own temporal stream. The three parts, sharing duration and sonic identity by being consistent on a dominant textural hue, were written to exist together by beginning and finishing together. The piece is an experiment. The main aspect of the composition, on which this experiment is focusing, is narrative. The composition seeks to destruct the conventional notion of narrative. Narrative exists in a two dimensional domain composed by the horizontal and vertical axes. The destruction of the horizontal perspective seems limited of manipulation due to the natural left to right timeline. The composer seeks to destruct the vertical perspective of narrative by not being aware of it throughout the compositional process. In this way, the composition seeks to avoid and reject the following conventionalities: directionality, trajectory, expectation, instrumental dependence and awareness, orchestration, simultaneities, synchronization, formal consistencies, methodical continuities. The purpose of this work is the creation of a metanarrative, of which both the composer and the listener are being aware throughout and after the performance.
Theocharis Papatrechas (1988) was born in Athens, Greece. He is currently pursuing the Ph.D. program in composition at the University of California, San Diego under the supervision of Rand Steiger. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in composition from the Ionian University, where he studied with Joseph Papadatos. He also attended the Sibelius Academy, as an exchange student, studying with Lauri Kilpio. Theocharis has received a Master’s degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Carlos SanchezGutierrez and Allan Schindler. He also holds a diploma in guitar performance from the Municipal Conservatory of Corfu. For his studies at the Eastman School of Music, Theocharis received scholarships from the Onassis Foundation, the Lilian Voudouri Foundation, the Samuel Adler Foundation and the Gerondelis Foundation. The academic Year 200809, he was awarded the IKY Award for Academic Excellence. Theocharis has participated in several composition venues and masterclasses around the globe studying with Philippe Leroux, Chaya Czernowin, Georg Friedrich Haas, Fred Lerdahl, Beat Furrer, Mark André, Franck Bedrossian, Francesco Filidei, Raphael Cendo, Hans Abrahamsen, Hanspeter Kyburz, Philip Cashian. Theocharis’ works have been commissioned and performed by, among others, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble (MCME), Mivos Quartet, Ensemble Multilatérale, Nyky Trio, OSSIA New Music Ensemble, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble (ECCE), dissonArt Ensemble, Ensemble Suono Giallo, the [Switch~ Ensemble], Eastman Philharmonia & Chamber Orchestra, Eastman Sinfonietta, AltosVier Quartet and Greek Ensemble of Contemporary Music.
Recording Engineer: Jason Thorpe Buchanan
Mixed by Harris Papatrechas
- Contemporary Concert Music