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Secret Alchemy

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Secret Alchemy

for violin, viola, cello and piano


  • Instrumentation: violin, viola, cello and piano
  • Edition: score and parts
  • Order No.: ED 31022

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Description
With any new composition, there is a sense of discovery and mystery during the creative process. Though this piece is not programmatic, imagining the air of secrecy and mysticism surrounding a medieval alchemist at work provided a starting point for the piece. The first movement begins with this sense of mystery. String harmonics are used to create the rhythmic backdrop for melodic lines played by the cello and later, the viola. The second movement is a relentless scherzo characterized by pizzicato strings, turbulent piano writing, and quickly alternating rhythmic patterns. The third movement is influenced by medieval music with its use of open 5ths, chant-like lines played non-vibrato by the strings, and reverberant piano harmonies, simulating the sound and reverberation in a large cathedral. The fourth movement concludes the work with an energetic music characterized by strings playing fast measured tremolo figures (rapid movement of the bow back and forth on the string). These alternate with the piano’s massive chords and occasional rapid melodic figures, along with muted tones emanating from inside the piano.

– Pierre Jalbert
Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
Content text: I Mystical
II Agitated, relentless
III Timeless, mysterious, reverberant
IV With great energy
ISBN: 978-1-62721-024-9
Performance duration: 17'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 11. März 2012 Tucson, AZ, TCC Leo Rich Theater (USA) · Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
Year of composition: 2012
Performances
2015-07-06 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Harris Concert Hall
2014-11-04 | Madison, WI (United States of America), Mills Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin
Orchestra: Music from Copland House
2014-10-26 | Mt. Kisco, NY (United States of America), Merestead Estate
Orchestra: Vicennium Void; SYZYGY, New Music at Rice
2014-10-24 | Houston, TX (United States of America), Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University
2013-06-21 | Ogunquit, Maine (United States of America), Dunaway Community Center
2013-06-20 | Rockport, Maine (United States of America), Rockport Opera House
2013-06-19 | Belfast, Maine (United States of America), Waterfall Arts Center
2013-06-18 | Vinalhaven Island, Maine (United States of America), Smith-Hokanson Hall
2013-03-29 | Reading, PA (United States of America), WCR Center for the Arts
2012-09-22 | Houston, TX (United States of America), Hobby Center for the Performing Arts; Zilkha Hall
Orchestra: Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
2012-03-11 | Tucson, AZ (United States of America), TCC Leo Rich Theater | World Premiere
With any new composition, there is a sense of discovery and mystery during the creative process. Though this piece is not programmatic, imagining the air of secrecy and mysticism surrounding a medieval alchemist at work provided a starting point for the piece. The first movement begins with this sense of mystery. String harmonics are used to create the rhythmic backdrop for melodic lines played by the cello and later, the viola. The second movement is a relentless scherzo characterized by pizzicato strings, turbulent piano writing, and quickly alternating rhythmic patterns. The third movement is influenced by medieval music with its use of open 5ths, chant-like lines played non-vibrato by the strings, and reverberant piano harmonies, simulating the sound and reverberation in a large cathedral. The fourth movement concludes the work with an energetic music characterized by strings playing fast measured tremolo figures (rapid movement of the bow back and forth on the string). These alternate with the piano’s massive chords and occasional rapid melodic figures, along with muted tones emanating from inside the piano.

– Pierre Jalbert
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
Content text: I Mystical
II Agitated, relentless
III Timeless, mysterious, reverberant
IV With great energy
ISBN: 978-1-62721-024-9
Performance duration: 17'0"
Publisher: Schott Helicon Music Corporation
Uraufführung : 11. März 2012 Tucson, AZ, TCC Leo Rich Theater (USA) · Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
Year of composition: 2012
2015-07-06 | Aspen, CO (United States of America), Harris Concert Hall
2014-11-04 | Madison, WI (United States of America), Mills Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin
Orchestra: Music from Copland House
2014-10-26 | Mt. Kisco, NY (United States of America), Merestead Estate
Orchestra: Vicennium Void; SYZYGY, New Music at Rice
2014-10-24 | Houston, TX (United States of America), Duncan Recital Hall, Rice University
2013-06-21 | Ogunquit, Maine (United States of America), Dunaway Community Center
2013-06-20 | Rockport, Maine (United States of America), Rockport Opera House
2013-06-19 | Belfast, Maine (United States of America), Waterfall Arts Center
2013-06-18 | Vinalhaven Island, Maine (United States of America), Smith-Hokanson Hall
2013-03-29 | Reading, PA (United States of America), WCR Center for the Arts
2012-09-22 | Houston, TX (United States of America), Hobby Center for the Performing Arts; Zilkha Hall
Orchestra: Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
2012-03-11 | Tucson, AZ (United States of America), TCC Leo Rich Theater | World Premiere