(White) Planes in Dissolution: for prepared saxophone quartet

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 prepared saxophone quartet I tried to represent the different shades of white that appear in the painting using specific instrumental textures: multiphonic clusters and inflections, different types of glissadi and water noises.
In (White) Planes in Dissolution the instrumental textures gradually overlap, combine and transform (one into another and from one timbral quality to another) from one “plane” to another as they develop or transform over time.
It was commissioned by Fukio Saxophone Quartet and the Galician Centre for Contemporary Art.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2019
EventJornadas Musica Contemporanea Galicia 2019 - CGAC, Santiago Compostela, Spain
Duration: 18 Jun 2019 → …

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  • Composition
  • prepared instruments


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