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Claren, Sebastian: Licht a capella 

 

 

Basic information

  • Title: 
    Licht a capella
  • Duration (in minutes): 
    9
  • Year of composition: 
    2011
  • First performance (year): 
    2011
  • First performance (venue): 
    Berlin
  • First performance (performers): 
    Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop
  • Conductor: 
    Obligatory
 

Notes

  • Program notes: 

    Licht a capella is based on a sequence of language samples, taken from the play Holy War by
    Rainald Goetz. I recorded selected parts of the text, made frequency analyses, and transcribed the
    resulting pitch progressions for string orchestra. The piece works with cuts, omissions,
    juxtapositions and similar operations, all of which could be applied to acoustical samples, too. In
    this sense it is a large sampling machine, which technically remains very near to the features of the
    text, but soundwise is completely detached from its template. The title Licht (light) belongs to a
    series of pieces of mine, in which I explore the tonal potential of the string orchestra in terms of
    light and shadow. A capella is a paradoxical reference to the fact that in this piece everything and
    nothing is voice.

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Instruments

Total number of musicians: 
17
Musicians1st player2nd player
Violin
8
Viola
4
Cello
4
Double Bass
1
5-string

 

 

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