Vykintas Baltakas: b(ell tree)

Vykintas Baltakas b(ell tree)
b(ell tree)

Vykintas Baltakas: b(ell tree)

Year of composition:
Scored for:
for string quartet
Vykintas Baltakas
Instrumentation details:
1st violin
2nd violin
for Irvine Arditti
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b(ell tree)

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      

Special prints

b(ell tree)

Vykintas Baltakas: b(ell tree)

for string quartet , 10’

b(ell tree)

Vykintas Baltakas: b(ell tree)

set of parts
for string quartet , 10’

World première

Rudolf Steiner Schule, Witten (DE)
Arditti String Quartet

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