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Re: Avant Garde Music for Solo Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2020, 12:22:40 AM »
https://vimeo.com/374302445

Evan Johnson, Dozens of canons: Anaïs Faivre Haumonté, Severine Ballon

http://riotensemble.com/a-few-moments-with-evan-johnson/

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The performers’ medium is sound; my medium is notation. I try to use that medium to the limit of its capabilities—not necessarily just to represent sound or sounding actions, per se, at least not in a direct and unambiguous fashion, but as a semi-opaque code that generates situations for the performers to inhabit and navigate.

That means a lot of things for me, but one thing it means is that there are a lot of ambiguities in my notation, quite intentionally; a lot of little contradictions, impossible specificities and vague symbols. Everything works, though, more or less, within the domain of a recognizably standard symbology.  These aren’t graphic scores, and they aren’t stimuli to improvisation or a more broadly spontaneous response.

I’m not sure it’s “theatre” per se because relatively little of all this makes its way to the audience.  What one hears in my work is kind of like a shadow, or an afterimage, or a watercolor reproduction of a photograph that you can’t see. This happens in a less extreme fashion in this piece than in quite a few others of mine, maybe; I’m thinking in particular of a cello solo premiered by Séverine Ballon just last week, “dozens of canons: Anaïs Faivre Haumonté,” which is an extremely detailed and intricately worked-out piece which teeters almost exclusively, in both controlled and uncontrollable fashions, between the verge of inaudibility and actual silence. But the tendency is still there in “L’art 3” as well.  This is one of several ways that experiencing my work from the audience is less like hearing and more like overhearing.
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Re: Avant Garde Music for Solo Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2020, 06:36:35 AM »
https://vimeo.com/374302445

Evan Johnson, Dozens of canons: Anaïs Faivre Haumonté, Severine Ballon

http://riotensemble.com/a-few-moments-with-evan-johnson/

Thanks for posting this. Going way back (as long as 20+ years), when I read the then-active rec.music.classical.contemporary newsgroup, Evan was a frequent contributor. Just this year I was catching up after long neglect and noticed (on newmusicbox iirc) that he's had some compositional success.

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Re: Avant Garde Music for Solo Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2020, 06:41:20 AM »
Thanks for posting this. Going way back (as long as 20+ years), when I read the then-active rec.music.classical.contemporary newsgroup, Evan was a frequent contributor. Just this year I was catching up after long neglect and noticed (on newmusicbox iirc) that he's had some compositional success.

I was really struck by what he said in the interview -- whatever you think of the music, he has some interesting ideas about what music is. amw likes his music I think, I'm not sure, I should give his stuff more time.
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Re: Avant Garde Music for Solo Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2020, 09:46:50 AM »
I was really struck by what he said in the interview -- whatever you think of the music, he has some interesting ideas about what music is. amw likes his music I think, I'm not sure, I should give his stuff more time.

Thanks. The cello piece is ultra spare/sparse, not where my head (or listening preference) is at these days. Will explore the writings and look for other works.

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Re: Avant Garde Music for Solo Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2020, 11:06:21 AM »
Thanks. The cello piece is ultra spare/sparse, not where my head (or listening preference) is at these days. Will explore the writings and look for other works.

Yes my sentiment entirely.
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Re: Avant Garde Music for Solo Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
« Reply #25 on: October 09, 2020, 12:04:18 PM »
This is new to me, Ferneyhough's Intermedio Alla Ciaccona for solo violin.

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He who says chaconne for solo violin says Bach partita of course.

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https://www.prestomusic.com/classical/products/8359115--miranda-cuckson-invisible-colours
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Re: Avant Garde Music for Solo Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
« Reply #26 on: October 17, 2020, 07:11:41 AM »
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James Dillon's Del Cuarto Elemento for solo violin, from the booklet

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. . . the solo violin piece
Del Cuarto Elemento (1988), again
written for Irvine Arditti, embodies an
ultra–virtuosic ‘radical new music’
approach to the instrument, involving a
microtonal world full of harmonics,
constant timbre changes and, not least,
complex rhythmic shifts and
simultaneous juxtapositions of, for
example, 5 pulses against 11, requiring
the various fingers of the violinist’s left
hand to lead independent but closely
related lives. The bow hand too can
have a separate existence that goes
beyond merely articulating what is
happening in the left hand. 

So far so good.


Then comes this

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In this piece, the ‘Fourth Element’ is
water. As far back as Debussy, water
had become an emblem of (and
metaphor for) compositional flux,
fluidity and ambiguity. Here though, as
so often, Dillon’s immediate points of
reference are literary rather than
musical. The work’s title invokes a poem
by Jorge Luis Borges,

Yes well OK, but it's hard to find a proper translation of the Borges into English or French -- but there's Google Translate.

But now, wait for it, there's this

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but a deeper
influence comes from a passage in
Gaston Bachelard’s commentary on
Isidore Ducasse (AKA the Comte de
Lautréamont) that, in Dillon’s words,
posits “a distinction between animal
existence on earth – as the dream of
reality – and existence in water – as
the reality of dreams – explaining the
essential difference as one of ‘dwelling’
on surfaces as opposed to being
‘enveloped’ within a volume.” Surfaces,
in this case are represented by clear
figurations, volumes by more amorphous
gliding and interlocking textures. At
the outset, the surfaces hold sway, but
by the end, the tables have been turned.

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Re: Avant Garde Music for Solo Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2020, 09:20:45 AM »
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Enno Poppe Haare, sounds from the violin like Sciarrino - very nice IMO.
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Re: Avant Garde Music for Solo Violin, Viola, Cello and Double Bass.
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2020, 10:05:49 AM »
And here's Sciarrion's Capriccio di una corda for violin to compare with the Poppe (Sciarrino fans will know what to expect before they listen. Very good though.)

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