Instrumentation (general) 4 Trumpets and percussion
Bella Tromba: Victoria Curran, Josephine Harris, Clare Helsdon e Nicole Lyons (trumpets), Steve Burke (percussion)
Organization/Event Deal Festival 2008
Venue St Andrews Church
Country United Kingdom
Gestures III: (untitled) is now the third work bearing this generic title – the others were for Gestures I for solo piccolo and any four instruments (or four groups of any instruments) and Gestures II: conversations about a contour for clarinet, piano and two percussionists. Gestures III: (untitled) makes the exploration of musical gestures its priority – this being the very driving force in terms of aesthetic control as well as from a compositional point of view. The idea of superimposing different layers of musical material has been one of my main preoccupations and one of my resources, not least in the way the music plays with ‘audience perception’. In this work that issue of the ‘perception’ of the music is also based on the position of the listener within the audience. To each musical gesture, I have associated a different timbre, provoked by the varying sounds trumpet mutes can create. The percussion works almost as an independent element ultimately being influenced by the gestures of the trumpets. In addition, the trumpets keep undergoing transformations in response to each other.
Gestures III: (untitled) was commissioned by Deal Festival 2008 and written with collaboration with Bella Tromba and percussionist Stephen Burke who have demonstrated tremendous kindness in accepting the ideas that gave birth to the piece.
Hugo Ribeiro May ‘08