Bird

 

For large ensemble
2019

 

Duration
16 min.

 

Instrumentation
pic, ob, cl+bcl, cbsn, hn, trp, trb, perc, pno, 2vln, vla, vlc, cb

 

Commissioned by
Gaudeamus Muziekweek

 

Premiere by
Asko|Schönberg ensemble
Conducted by Bas Wiegers
Sep 8 2019
Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2019
Hertz – TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands

Roaming the earth as well as soaring up high in the sky, birds symbolize freedom. I wanted to embrace this quality by not limiting myself to only one aesthetics or means of expression, in stead allowing my imagination to flourish freely.

Embracing bird as a powerful metaphor for a range of moods and emotions, I focused on capturing the essence of the bird. I was particularly interested in the strangeness and almost ugliness some birds depict in their appearance, sounds, movements and behavior and aimed to translate these into musical characters.

I visioned a kind-of super-bird, free of any constrictions, forceful and arrogant, vigorous

and self-assured, while simultaneously capable of morphing into different disguises portraying the versatility of the bird all the way from big and bold to cute and graceful, from whimsical and flamboyant to rough and grotesque.

Furthermore, I was fascinated by the absurd imagery of lek mating by rare birds in Papua New Guinea. Passages of the music are inspired by the peculiar practice’s dance-like movements, twists and turns. Swift shifts from one character or style to another in the music allowed me to play with extremes, embrace caricatures and even clichés while maintaining the element of surprise.

Upcoming performances

Sep 8 2019
Asko|Schönberg ensemble
Conducted by Bas Wiegers
Hertz – TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands

Sheet Music

Sheet Music
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