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Chiasma

Chiasma

for orchestra


  • Instrumentation: orchestra
  • Edition: performance material

 
description
Chiasma, the symbol in the form of the Greek letter X (= chi), is defined as either 'an anatomical intersection', for example the optic chiasma is the crossing of the optic nerves in the brain, or within a genetic context 'a cross-shaped configuration of paired chromatids'.

It is this crossing over and the resultant pairing of different components that reminds me of the method I have used over many years in my music, in which heterogeneous elements are juxtaposed and brought into a relationship that alters the individual components, in some cases bringing them together into a single unity.

This piece develops out of several very simple motifs, quickly evolves in disparate directions through the juxtaposition - 'confrontation' - of these motifs, and achieves a distinct dramatic 'double-peak climax' before collapsing into itself. These are precisely the primordial elements of composition (and above all of the symphony): confrontation, development and synthesis.

It’s possible that this work has also really become a compressed microsymphony. The special challenge I posed myself in its composition was to develop a piece within the period of 10 minutes containing the entire world, at least ONE whole world in its disparity, with its murderous amplitude, its tenderness and beauty, and its brutality and futility. Thomas Larcher - January 2018
Details
Auftragswerk : Kompositionsauftrag des Gewandhausorchesters Leipzig, finanziert durch die Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 3(2.afl, 3.pic&afl).3(3.ca).3(2.Ebcl, 3.bcl).3(3.cbsn)-4.3.3.1-timp.3perc(2glsp, 2xyl, vib, tub bells, kalimba, steel pans, water gong, sus cym, tri, b.d., s.d., 3bng, 2temple blks, spring coil, thundersheet, 4 sand blks, suspended paper)-acc.pno-str(16.14.12.10.8)
Performances
Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2019-05-24 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-05-06 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-05-03 | Paris (France), Philharmonie — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-29 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-28 | Baden-Baden (Germany), Festspielhaus — 18:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-27 | Brussels (Belgium), Palais des Beaux Arts — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-25 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-24 | Hamburg (Germany), Elbphilharmonie — 19:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-03-16 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Großer Saal — 20:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-03-15 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Großer Saal — 20:00 | World Premiere
Chiasma, the symbol in the form of the Greek letter X (= chi), is defined as either 'an anatomical intersection', for example the optic chiasma is the crossing of the optic nerves in the brain, or within a genetic context 'a cross-shaped configuration of paired chromatids'.

It is this crossing over and the resultant pairing of different components that reminds me of the method I have used over many years in my music, in which heterogeneous elements are juxtaposed and brought into a relationship that alters the individual components, in some cases bringing them together into a single unity.

This piece develops out of several very simple motifs, quickly evolves in disparate directions through the juxtaposition - 'confrontation' - of these motifs, and achieves a distinct dramatic 'double-peak climax' before collapsing into itself. These are precisely the primordial elements of composition (and above all of the symphony): confrontation, development and synthesis.

It’s possible that this work has also really become a compressed microsymphony. The special challenge I posed myself in its composition was to develop a piece within the period of 10 minutes containing the entire world, at least ONE whole world in its disparity, with its murderous amplitude, its tenderness and beauty, and its brutality and futility. Thomas Larcher - January 2018
Auftragswerk : Kompositionsauftrag des Gewandhausorchesters Leipzig, finanziert durch die Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung
Performance duration: 10'0"
Publisher: Schott Music Ltd., London
Year of composition: 2017
instrumentation: 3(2.afl, 3.pic&afl).3(3.ca).3(2.Ebcl, 3.bcl).3(3.cbsn)-4.3.3.1-timp.3perc(2glsp, 2xyl, vib, tub bells, kalimba, steel pans, water gong, sus cym, tri, b.d., s.d., 3bng, 2temple blks, spring coil, thundersheet, 4 sand blks, suspended paper)-acc.pno-str(16.14.12.10.8)
Conductor: Sakari Oramo
Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
2019-05-24 | London (United Kingdom), Barbican Hall — 19:30 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-05-06 | Madrid (Spain), Auditorio Nacional de Música — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-05-03 | Paris (France), Philharmonie — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-29 | Köln (Germany), Philharmonie — 20:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-28 | Baden-Baden (Germany), Festspielhaus — 18:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-27 | Brussels (Belgium), Palais des Beaux Arts — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-25 | Amsterdam (Netherlands), Concertgebouw — 19:00 | national Premiere
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-04-24 | Hamburg (Germany), Elbphilharmonie — 19:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-03-16 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Großer Saal — 20:00
Conductor: Andris Nelsons
Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
2018-03-15 | Leipzig (Germany), Gewandhaus, Großer Saal — 20:00 | World Premiere