Roman Haubenstock-Ramati: Miroirs

Roman Haubenstock-Ramati Miroirs

Roman Haubenstock-Ramati: Miroirs

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for 16 pianos
Roman Haubenstock-Ramati
Instrumentation details:
for 4 to 16 pianos
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Work introduction

A mobile comes into being when – at least – 2 closed (repeated) continuities, cycles, meet. Mobile represents a new variable form. The variability of a mobile grows accordingly to the number and duration of the cycles involved.

A one-dimensional cycle (linear cycle) can be read differently only two times: left to right (original) and right to left (retrograde). A two-dimensional cycle (plane-cycle) can be read differently 16 times: horizontally, vertically and diagonally: left to right, right to left; up to down, down to up. The 16 different ways of reading of a two dimensional cycle at the same time become 16 voices of a new variable form of a canon and represent at the same time the crystallisation of the form of a mobile.

Miroirs is a 16-voice canon, thus being a mobile which involves all 16 ways of reading of the two-dimensional cycle. Miroirs represents the most extreme version of a mobile, potentially all possible variants, all of the given material which thus gets a new form – closed and open at the same time – a new form of music which I understood and defined as “principle of the dynamically closed form“.

Miroirs represent as well “music in space”. The 16 pianos should be placed rather far apart from each other and – if possible – on different levels of a wide and high room. Depending on the position of the listener this music will be perceived differently; nevertheless a certain distance to the source of the sound is needed for experiencing this music from the necessary perspective as it represents a colossal variable space-sound-sculpture.

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Roman Haubenstock-Ramati: Miroirs

score and parts
for 16 pianos

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