Universal Edition - Vykintas Baltakas – b(ell tree)

Vykintas Baltakas

Vykintas Baltakas
b(ell tree)

Year of composition: 2007
Scored for: for string quartet
Composer: Vykintas Baltakas
Instrumentation details:

Duration: 10′
Dedication: for Irvine Arditti
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b(ell tree)

World Première

Location: Rudolf Steiner Schule Witten / Germany
Date: 21.04.2007
Orchestra: Arditti String Quartet

Work Introduction

In embarking on a new composition, your freedom is limited by your own ideas. One develops further, ceaselessly absorbing new impulses, but one’s views and decisions continue to be informed by perspectives of the past – perspectives which have a history of their own and thus determine all new experiences.

That is why I find it extremely interesting to see what music itself has to offer me. Initially it is subconscious, at a later stage it can be quite surprising. I hit upon “sounding objects”, I ingest them, listen to them, attempt to understand them – what they are, how they live, what is important for their existence and I try to keep this living being alive.

My string quartet is based on the rhythmic articulation of the sound of Swiss cowbells. I listened to this particular living being with concentrated attention and tried to imitate it, taking further what I had found in that sound. In this way, I came upon a new world – new for me and new for the “found” sound.

Vykintas Baltakas      

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b(ell tree)

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