River Mouth Echoes

2001; dur:20'; Viola da gamba quartet; Score at nb.no

On the record River Mouth Echoes

Programme note:

River Mouth Echoes, a fantasia for four viols

This quartet was inspired by the poem “ET OS” by the Norwegian author Karin Sveen. The title of the poem could be translated into English as “estuary”, a wide river mouth where water flows in at high tide. Both the poem and the music were composed as a dialogue between two voices. The dialogue highlights the relationship between simplicity and complexity, between spontaneity and control. The absence of balance between these two aspects creates resistance and flow. A new situation arises when both sides interact, creating a greater entity. The physical attributes of the baroque instruments determine the conditions for the sonic output.

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje 2001/2008
 
 

in Norwegian:

Denne gambekvartetten er inspirert av Karin Sveens dikt “ET OS” som kan oversettes med det engelske ordet ‘estuary’ som betyr et stort elveutløp hvor vannet strømmer inn ved flo. Både diktet og musikken er komponert som en dialog mellom to stemmer. Stykket veksler mellom polaritetene enkelhet og kompleksitet, mellom spontanitet og kontroll. Mangelen på likevekt og balanse skaper motstand og flyt. Pendelen går uregelmessig, og ytterpunktene går etterhvert over i hverandre. Gambenes fysiske muligheter dikterer de klingende premissene.

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje 2001/2008
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