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Kaija Saariaho: Petals

By Kaija Saariaho

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Cello (Cello)
Composed by Kaija Saariaho (1952-). Music Sales America. 20th Century. Book [Softcover]. 24 pages. Music Sales #HH00111. Published by Music Sales (HL.14028556).

Item Number: HL.14028556

ISBN 9788759852446. 8.5x11.75x0.065 inches. English.

This composition was written quickly in a matter of days, however the composer describes the longer process of writing the piece as unconscious preparation. There are opposite elements on display within the piece, fragile coloristic passages give birth to energetic events with clear rhythmic and melodic charachter. More sharpely focused figures pass through different transformations then finally merge back to less dynamic but no less intensive filigration. In bringing these compositional elements together and by forcing opposite modes of expression, the composer has aimed to force the listener to stretch their own sensibility. Work for Cello and Electronics which was premiered by Anssi Karttunen at the Musica Nova Festival, Bremen in May 1988.

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