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Vykintas Baltakas: (co)ro(na)

  • for ensemble
  • 1 1 1 0 - 1 1 0 0 - perc, acc, pno, sop.sax, vln
  • Duration: 9’
  • Instrumentation details:
    flute
    clarinet in Eb
    soprano saxophone in Bb
    oboe
    piccolo trumpet
    horn in F
    percussion
    violin
    accordion
    piano
  • Composer: Vykintas Baltakas
  • Commission: Auftragswerk des NDR, Das Neue Werk

Work introduction

This piece is part of a cycle.

Music is perhaps, by its very nature, infinite. You have to imagine a big mountain. On the top of it there stands someone with a stone in front of him. It is as yet motionless, everything is open, one is free. But then the man moves the stone. The stone is unlodged. This is when it comes to life. Its life, as it is falling, depends on the direction, the surface of the mountain or the stone's weight. When this stone hits against another one, the two of them will be falling together. It is no longer just one stone but TWO stones executing ONE motion.

Perhaps they will meet a tree on their way. Perhaps they will break off one of its boughs. Perhaps the tree will continue to grow nevertheless, but differently, crooked. And because it is somewhat crooked, its fruits will be falling only on a particular spot. Perhaps on a spot covered with many little stones. But some of the fruits will manage to grow there in spite of that. And one day they will be stronger than the stones covering the roots. They will be moved. They will be falling downwards. Depending on the direction, the mountain surface or the stones' weight. In doing so, they will be moving other stones, other trees. And so on.

Now picture for yourself an infinite mountain, where falling can happen upwards and sideways as well. A mountain with an infinite number of stones, each different in shape and weight. Where some of the stones will break, like glass, into tiny little pieces and others will stick together. Featherweight stones, coloured ones, ringing ones, scented ones. A mountain with no beginning and no ending.

And now imagine a composer standing underneath, observing everything that is happening on the mountain. Obviously, he can only see a fraction of it. He tries to take notes. As a result, a particular viewpoint will be registered, one element with which he can create a mosaic-like picture.

That element is a piece. That mosaic-like picture is a cycle.
For me.

Vykintas Baltakas, December 2004


 

"His (co)ro(na) is a picturesque study in tensions and texture, with instruments producing high, antic fluttering sounds about the grounding force of piano, percussion and long tones on horn. Some strange and sonic tone poetry is at hand, with the bracing sounds balanced by suspended clouds of harmony. Like his mentor, this composer adroitly addresses both the now and the then." (Josef Woodard, LA Times Culture Monster)

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World première

Location:
Rolf-Liebermann-Studio, Hamburg (DE)
Date:
24.02.2005
Orchestra:
NDR SO
Conductor:
Vykintas Baltakas

Press reviews

"His (co)ro(na) is a picturesque study in tensions and texture, with instruments producing high, antic fluttering sounds about the grounding force of piano, percussion and long tones on horn. Some strange and sonic tone poetry is at hand, with the bracing sounds balanced by suspended clouds of harmony."

Josef Woodard, LA Times Culture Monster

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