Seven Towers 1-7 Cycle for Orchestra and Choir, 2012-2015 by Cécile Marti Composer published on 2017-02-27T22:36:59Z Seven Towers is an orchestral cycle of seven pieces which lasts 78 minutes in its total duration. Within the overall duration each single piece lasts between 6 and 19 minutes, and each can be performed independently. Thus, the composition may be performed either individually or else as an entire concert event of all seven pieces. As an entire work the pieces are structured as an ongoing continuum without interruption between the seven parts. The first part Seven Towers 1 – Seven Spaces establishes the micro-structure of the whole cycle. It is divided into seven sections (spaces) as an equivalent to the macro-structure of six further pieces in succession (Seven Towers 2-7). Most of the musical material for the rest of the cycle is established in Seven Towers 1. Seven Towers is part of a creative research project on temporal development. Seven different time types were set up to focus the listener’s perception of the diversity of musical development. For instance, a time structure of distinctively slow motion without direction contrasts with a time structure of on-going continuous transformation. Each of the seven spaces (in Seven Towers 1) and their respective pieces (Seven Towers 1-7) are devoted to a different type of musical time. Seven Towers was partly inspired by the beautiful chain of nine towers, called Museggtürme, situated in Lucerne. These historic towers appear in diverse architectural shapes (seven are distinguished from each other) which together build up a higher unity. Seven Towers invites the listener to follow sound spaces over an extended span of time, as a large scale imaginary musical journey. The world premiere of the whole cycle was given by the Sinfonieorchester Biel-Solothurn, HKB, Vokalensemble Ardent (cont. Patrick Secchiari)and Suppléments Musicaux (cond. Moritz Achermann) conducted by Kaspar Zehnder on 14 April 2016 in Biel, Switzerland.