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Beat Furrer: ... cold and calm and moving

  • for flute, harp, violin, viola and violoncello
  • Duration: 25’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute
    harp
    violin
    viola
    violoncello
  • Composer: Beat Furrer

Work introduction

Despite the rapid, virtuosic, aggressive sections, mostly played by the three strings, …cold and calm and moving leaves the impression of endless calm and introspection. The five instruments very rarely play simultaneously; when they do, the sound seems to be coming from a much larger ensemble. The harp sets the keynote with its slow and softly repeated pitches, joined again and again by the flute. Here and there, one or the other plays alone, for itself, while the string trio always enters as a unit. The composer deploys the instruments in various combinations, suggesting the Far East now and then – a fine, sensitive sonic delineation.

Audiosamples

World première

Location:
Konzerthaus, Wien (AT)
Date:
15.10.1992

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