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 violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved (Gbr).|
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.
OpenDays Festival, at the Utzon Center in Aalborg (Den) – amplified
Broadcast on SR P2 / P2 Live (Swe) at 19.03 h, live recording from 2017-03-24 (New Directions Festival), with an introduction by Märet Öman including an interview (excerpt) with Pär Freij
Art exhibition Bricolage (vernissage), at the Palais für aktuelle Kunst in Glückstadt (Ger), lecture-performance
New Directions Festival, at the Studio Acusticum / Main Concert Hall 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
|20%||Shortlisted (Swe) for the ISCM World Music Days 2018, 12/60 (2017-12).|
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.