Albert Llanas Rich

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This composition was written in 1986 with materials from a previous work from 1984: BXR1, a piece conceived as a suggestive association of timbre: flute, celesta and vibraphone. In this work I speculated with sound gestures. The writing follows a time guideline that frees the instruments from the accuracy of the beat, allowing some improvisation. This was a direction that I was interested in at that time and, at Ernest Martínez’ suggestion, I created a new version that suited the newly created Barcelona 216 group. I replaced the celesta with a piano and added a clarinet, a violin and a cello. Obviously the result was a different music, with great resemblance to the previous work, but still a new work. Its premiere took place in Madrid on December 6th, 1986, in a concert of the S.I.M.C. by grupo Koan conducted by José Ramón Encinar. Later, it has been performed several times by the group Barcelona 216 and other chamber ensembles.

The flute, piano and vibraphone are the main instruments. The rest of the instruments (violin, cello and clarinet) accompany the musical discourse and give depth to the set. The discourse is therefore articulated in a series of sequences without specific metrics (for the most part), with a temporal limit in seconds that gives an idea of its approximate duration, and on melodic lines that expand and contract. Throughout the composition, some citations can be recognized: a leitmotif from Tristan and Isolde, a reference to Messiaen’s piano writing and especially to the technique of sound composition used by Ligeti.

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