(White) Planes in Dissolution: for chamber orchestra

Camilo Mendez (Composer)

Research output: Non-textual formComposition


(White) Planes in Dissolution is inspired by the Suprematist painting of the same name by Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935) and the following quotes:

“Suprematism is the domination of the object by color.”
Kazimir Malevich, 1915

“Black and white serve as energy to reveal form.”
Kazimir Malevich, 1915

In this work for chamber orchestra I tried to represent the different shades of white that appear in the painting using specific instrumental textures for each instrumental group. Multiphonic clusters and inflections in the woodwinds and brass, different types of glissadi and clusters in the strings. Percussionists color the resonances and accentuate the structure.
In (White) Planes in Dissolution the instrumental textures gradually overlap, combine and transform (one into another and from one timbral group to another) from one “plane” to another as they pass over time.
This work received the Colombian National Prize in Composition in 2023.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2021
EventSymphony Orchestra Concert - Hong Kong Cultural Centre Hall, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 28 Jun 2021 → …

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  • Orchestral


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