Dialogues Fragiles (Fragile Dialogues)
|Setting||Prepared solo violin.|
|Period of creation||2011-04-02 to 26, revision: 2011-09-26 to 2011-10-05.|
|Commission / occasion||Commissioned by the British violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved.|
The main idea behind the piece is the creation of dialectic situations within the monophonic limitations of solo music. Different pairs of timbral elements on a prepared violin enter into continuous dialogues, which may be perceived as fragile.
Five sound materials are arranged in the order from continuous, sustained to discontinuous, percussive sounds:
- Twittering: High fast downwards ricochet notes and high upwards glissandi with harmonic fingering.
- Yowling: Low (dirty) single notes and downwards glissandi with normal fingering.
- Whistling: Fingernail pizzicato (left hand) together with high (harmonic) “screw fingering”.
- Pecking: Screw, plug and rapid fingertip pizzicato with low fingernail fingering.
- Dabbing: Legno battuto gettato alongside the fingerboard, partly with dampened strings.
The piece undergoes a clear formal development starting with material 1 in a high density with low dynamics. Soon material 2 enters in a low density with high dynamics, creating an inequal, imbalanced dialogue. Both materials develop in opposite directions: whilst material 1 reaches a low density and high dynamics before disappearing, material 2 moves towards high density and low dynamics.
Now material 3 enters into a similar dialogue with material 2, the same procedure is then repeated between materials 3 and 4 as well as 4 and 5. When material 5 disappears, the fragile dialogues have come to an end.
Art exhibition Bricolage (vernissage), at the Palais für aktuelle Kunst in Glückstadt (Ger), lecture-performance
New Directions Festival, at the Studio Acusticum in Piteå (Swe), radio recording by SR P2
Ingensteds (Brenneriveien 9) in Oslo (Nor)
Concert series Ars Nova Choele Choel in Choele Choel / Rio Negro (Arg), at the Biblioteca Popular Nicolás Avellaneda
Festival Bienal Música Hoje in Curitiba (Bra), at the Capela Santa Maria / Espaço Cultural
|2013-01-09||Peter Sheppard Skærved
Internationales Künstlerhaus Villa Concordia in Bamberg (Ger)
|2012-11-02||Peter Sheppard Skærved
Holywell Music Room in Oxford (Gbr)
|2012-03-25||Peter Sheppard Skærved
Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo (Nor)
|2011-11-15||Peter Sheppard Skærved
Connect Festival in Malmö (Swe)
|2011-05-10||Peter Sheppard Skærved
Royal Academy of Music in London (Gbr)
|2011-05-05||Peter Sheppard Skærved
Malmö Academy of Music (Swe) – world premiere
Malmö 2011 & Oslo 2012;
bars 1-8, 47-51, 83-87, 95-98;
duration: 2 min 14 sec.
Peter Sheppard Skærved (vl);
bars 1-8, 52-55, 83-87, 95-99;
duration: 2 min 8 sec.