Instrumentation: flute(s), bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, piano (detuned)
Duration: 9 minutes
Commissioned by Alex Raineri for the 2022 Brisbane Music Festival. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Vortex – whirling, spiral, activity, drawing in
Temporum – of time
Concordia – harmony, union, concurrence, closeness …
Composed as a companion piece for Gérard Grisey’s Vortex Temporum, concordia [temporum] is an exploration of microtonal beating, the layering of materials, abrupt transitions, and the building of towering vertical sonorities. Using the same four detuned piano pitches of Grisey’s original, these function as an axis in which musical line and harmony are built, from the stacking of triads around these to the meandering of melodic lines, flirting and accentuating each. Through quite distinct sonic panels, there is a gradual building of intensity, culminating with unearthly screams from the bass clarinet in protest of strident austere unisons.
17th December 2022: Vortex, Brisbane Music Festival, Merthyr Road Uniting Church, New Farm, Qld, Australia – Lina Andonovska, Luke Carbon, Sonia Wilson, Alexina Hawkins, Oliver Russell, Alex Raineri.
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