en tranche: for string quartet

Stylianos DIMOU* (Composer)

*Corresponding author for this work

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“en tranche” (Fr.) meaning sliced, or by/ in slice denotes an approach to structure, on phrasal construction or dramaturgical flow that reflects processes of de-composition, de-construction, chopping of phrasal units in smaller pieces that reshape our perception of a musical idea. At the epicenter of the piece, someone can experience processes of linear structural development that are intentionally torn apart unraveling new instances of similar material while projecting a reshaping in the flow of the music. The piece is governed by the intended use of repetitive micro-patterns that are carriers of harmonic and rhythmic material, gradually and macro/ microstructurally sliced creating new shapes and formations of sonic material. The music is projecting processes of macro and micro collage that result from the so-called slicing of established sonic material, leading to a new perception and understanding of pre-articulated material. Finally, the verbal description “…let the wooden grains ring” alludes to the idea of a sound world filtered by a legno tratto sound profile that reflects a wooden timbral profile. The piece was commissioned by the Herrenhaus Edenkoben, with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, and is dedicated to the Arditti Quartet.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Oct 2022


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