Vykintas Baltakas: Saxordionphonics

Vykintas Baltakas Saxordionphonics
Saxordionphonics

Vykintas Baltakas: Saxordionphonics

Year of composition:
2013
Scored for:
for soprano saxophone, accordion and chamber orchestra
Composer:
Vykintas Baltakas
Soloists:
soprano saxophone in Bb; accordion
Instrumentation:
2 2 3 2 - 2 1 1 0 - perc, str(6 6 5 4 3)
Instrumentation details:
1st flute (+picc)
2nd flute
oboe
cor anglais
1st clarinet in Bb
2nd clarinet in Bb
3rd clarinet in Bb (+bass cl(Bb))
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
trumpet in C
trombone
percussion
violin I(6)
violin II(6)
viola(5)
violoncello(4)
double bass(3)
Commission:
Kompositionsauftrag des Westdeutschen Rundfunks
Duration:
15’
Dedication:
für Teodoro Anzellotti und Marcus Weiss
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Work introduction

Saxordionphonics was composed at the request of Teodoro Anzellotti and Marcus Weiss, with the support of Harry Vogt. As the title suggests, the piece is about a sound resulting from the specific colour and articulation properties of saxophone and accordion, reinforced and extended by the orchestra.

The work is founded on two structural principles. The first is a strictly rhythmical construct of two to three permuting notes which paces through the entire piece, forming a structural basis, with temporal distensions and condensations, dynamic and colorific variations. The other is a freer level which reacts musically to the first. It is especially scored for solo instruments; it is here where the musical development takes place, the relationship between the levels playing a dramaturgical part. They influence each other, the stronger one transforming the weaker one, when they are not actually rivalling.

For me, it was as if I were observing a shadow-play in space; depending on the time of day, the direction and strength of the light, perception of the space changes, as if the walls and the strict architectonic structure were mobile.

Vykintas Baltakas

Translated by Grant Chorley

Special prints

Saxordionphonics

Vykintas Baltakas: Saxordionphonics

study score
for soprano saxophone, accordion and chamber orchestra , 15’
Instr.: 2 2 3 2 - 2 1 1 0 - perc, str(6 6 5 4 3)

Saxordionphonics

Vykintas Baltakas: Saxordionphonics

study score
for soprano saxophone, accordion and chamber orchestra , 15’
Instr.: 2 2 3 2 - 2 1 1 0 - perc, str(6 6 5 4 3)

World première

Location:
Witten
Date:
28.04.2013
Orchestra:
WDR SO Köln
Conductor:
Emilio Pomàrico

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