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Works for Organ
By Ahrendt, Brulls, and Susteck. By Adriana Holszky (1953-). Listening CD. Wergo #WER 67892. Published by Wergo (NX.WER-67892).
Item Number: NX.WER-67892
Adriana Holszky's own comments concerning her music reveal her fascinating use of parameters such as â€œspaceâ€ and â€œtimeâ€. She prefers to describe her works as individually structured â€œsound spacesâ€. There are â€œexpanding and shrinking spacesâ€, and there are shifts from one sound area to another, which she compares to film editing with its sharp cuts or gentle fades. There are sudden â€œintrusionsâ€ of one sound area into another, and sometimes two or more sound areas are superimposed. Also, the concept of time does not exist for her as a single entity: Temporal processes appear in multiple strands in her music: cosmic time, terrestrial time, and an endless variety of experiential times that permeate one another and are superimposed.
The title of Holszky's â€œapocalypticâ€ work for organ â€œ... und ich sah wie ein glasernes Meer, mit Feuer gemischtâ€ [And I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire] describes extremely contrasting realities: "sea of glass" and "fire". They interact in clear-cut succession; sounds and expressive characters alternate constantly: â€œFrom one instant to the next, vivid pictures of light and color alternate with calm and mysterious moments that seem like narrow openings into other dimensionsâ€, explains the composer.
Her work â€œEfeu und Lichtfeldâ€ [Ivy and Field of Light] also contains a stark contrast within itself. â€œThe worlds of the violin and organ appear to exist independently of one another. The violin figures move like pin pricks in a disconnected and restless fashion, primarily in the extreme upper register of the instrument. The organ sounds are like pulsating sources of light. The multiple meanings of the contrasting sounds arise finally as a consequence of the interaction between gradual transformations of color and discontinuous changes in pulse.â€ (Holszky)
In the large four-movement composition â€œ... und wieder Dunkel Iâ€ [... And Again Darkness 1] each movement is associated with a fragment from Gottfried Benn's poem â€œEin Wortâ€ [A Word]: The wording of the second verse has been subdivided by Holszky, and the fragments have each been placed in front of part of her composition.
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