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Spins And Spells

Cello Solo

By Kaija Saariaho

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Cello Solo. Composed by Kaija Saariaho (1952-). Music Sales America. 20th Century. Book [Softcover]. Composed 1989. 20 pages. Chester Music #MUSCH61363. Published by Chester Music (HL.14028550).

Item Number: HL.14028550

ISBN 9780711964075. 8.25x11.75 inches.

For solo Cello.

'The title evokes the two gestures which are at the origin of the work: on the one hand the pattern which I call 'spinning tops' turning around on the one spot or undergoing changes, and on the other,timeless moments, centred on the sound colour and texture.

The entire piece unfolds either around or between these two gestures. I chose to re-tune the instrument in order to personalise the harmonic writing: the fifths arereplaced by structures favouring major sixths and minor thirds.

Challenged by this scodatura, the sonority of Spins and Spells reminds me of the music and the instrumental colours of another age, far older than those ofthe cello that we know, although seen and transformed again through my own universe.' - Kaija Saariaho

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