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Four Moments for Guitar and Violoncello
                Written for En Cuerdas

                Lenght: ca. 10 minutes
        
       Composer: Christian Henking (CH)

                 


The ‘Four Moments’ are four short character pieces, each representing its own ‘moment’, a separate state.


The first ‘moment’ is a delicate play with the e-g third, continually striving towards it, like a kind of call or signal. The cello tends to rarely find full-sounding tones during this, instead composing a veil with delicate harmonics, while the guitar introduces short gestures, sketch-like aphorisms. A fragmented, fragile piece.


The second ‘moment’ is a wild, almost mechanical insistence of a virtuoso guitar voice, which is partially supported, partially interrupted or disturbed by the cello. Only towards the end does the energy flow break down into individual fragments, before ending in a soft sigh.


The third ‘moment’ is a kind of ‘air’, a nearly sweet melody with the cello, accompanied by almost traditional guitar arpeggios. The cello does not depart from the sweetness, rather the melody seems fragile, sometimes almost soundlessly so, as if the force for singing might fade, while the arpeggio-like accompaniment of the guitar is disturbed by faint sound elements.


The fourth ‘moment’ is a finale, presenting a kind of ‘idée fixe’, a non-escape from a pattern that constantly rotates within itself, only changing in small nuances. The piece ends with a distant memory of the e-g third.



Text: Christian Henking (original text in German).

                          Publisher: Müller & Schade

                      http://www.mueller-schade.com

                        Christian Henking’s Website





Sponsored by:

- FONDATION SUISA
- The City of Bern

- SWISSLOSS/Kultur Kanton Bern

Premiere: Saturday, November 29, 2014, 17:15, Grosser Saal, Kloster, Einsiedeln, Switzerland