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TDU MH – il fuoco e l’artificio (2018)

for cello, 16 cedar and maple flat panel resonators and live electronics

WEST COAST RADIANS, March 10, 2018



TDU MH has been written with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and it is dedicated to Marina Hasselberg. This work is both a statement and a poetic exploration. The statement displays sound in its visceral immanence – il fuoco, the body, the voice. The poetic exploration wanders in multiple metaphors (l’artificio) and symbolic resonances of the Forest, La Selva. “From the family tree to the tree of knowledge, from the tree of life to the tree of memory, forests have provided an indispensible resource of symbolization in the cultural evolution of humankind, so much so that the rise of modern scientific thinking remains quite unthinkable apart from a prehistory in such metaphorical borrowings“* […] Starting from here and inspired by the intense quality of resonating wood instruments, I wandered in four imaginary and symbolic landscapes to think, observe and design spatial and sonic analogies to remind myself, and hopefully others as well, about the beauty of the trees, their symbolic powers and the power of imagination and Harmonia: a utopia worth living for and within. The piece is articulated in 4 seamless panels:

  1. La Selva Oscura • ansia/anxiety – Dark winds, vectors of speed
  2. La Selva Antica • rumore/noise – Swarming of voices, colors and games
  3. The Magical Forest • sogno/dream – Veils of expanding spaces and spectral resonance
  4. The Place of Correspondences • Harmonia – Doubling and pairing; mirrors and transparencies

*) Roland Bechmann, Des arbres et des homes (258-63). Paris: Flammarion, 1984



Panel III • The Magical Forest

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