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se sont penches dessus

Version fur 2 violins, viola and violoncello

By Walter Feldmann

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2 Violins, Viola, Cello
Version fur 2 violins, viola and violoncello. Composed by Walter Feldmann. This edition: Paperbound. German title: Se Sont Penches Dessus Quartett. Full score. Composed 2004/05. 14 pages. Duration 5 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 16.327/00. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.1632700).

Item Number: CA.1632700

ISBN 9790007113056. Language: all languages.

The study in synchronicity, << se sont penches dessus >> first achieved its final scoring after many changes. It was first composed as music to a choreography by Gabriel Hernandez: Le (!). eh ? Zovotrimaserovmeravmerouvian (dmzn !) ; se sont penches dessus, which is based on the letters of a fragment translated into French that appears in James Joyce's Finnegan's Wake. The short, static piece has existed in three versions: 1. - << sspd >>, electronic music (normal version, a glissando from one chord of four sounds to another, employed in the electronics of No. 3) 2. - << sspd >> sature, electronic music (intentionally distorted version of No. 1) 3. - << se sont penches dessus >> for violin, alto flute and electronics, in which the flutist had to sing one tone of a diad It turns out that a version for two equal string instruments can better render the harmony of the piece (a tone sung simultaneously with a tone that is played on the flute yields a ring-modulated mixture of sound which is too indistinct), and thus the duo version for 2 violins was composed. A collaboration with the Kairos Quartet, Berlin, (le second tour du noye, 3rd String Quartet) led me to smuggle a viola and cello into the piece as background, in order to glue the abrupt harmonic changes discretely together. The Duo and the Quartet are definitive and equally valid versions, both of which are available separately: Duo (Carus 16.327/10), Quartet (Carus 16.327). << se sont penches dessus >> is now literally the transposition of the translated quotation from James Joyce, in which the letters of the text "se sont penches dessus" establish the basic structure of the piece (the rhythmic standstill denotes the vowels of the 4 words), the letters of "Zovotrimaserovmeravmerouvian" indicate the fine rhythmic structure and the manner of playing (e.g., sul ponticello). Walter Feldmann.

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