Elusive Tangibility II: firelife (2008)

At the beginning of firelife there is a sneak network of silent or near silent movements by the instruments: key noises, wiping movements or col legion techniques create, as it were, hollow moulds of sounds. As the piece progresses these are filled with resonances, eventually culminating in the central passage of the piece with a broad clarinet line, marked 'bell-like' and accompanied by large string chords. Following this process of increasing acoustic presence there appears a second, contrary one, whereby the material reduces and becomes more homogeneous. Finally, the diverse movements from the beginning reappear transformed into a series of static homophonous chords. In this manner, the way in which the music comes to sounds corresponds to the decomposition of its forms.

Markus Böggemann

Duration: 6 Minutes

Instrumentation: Cl, Vln, Vla, Vc

World Première: 3rd November 2012, Traiettorie Festival, Casa della Musica, Parma; Ensemble Recherche

UK Première: 23rd November 2017, Phipps Hall, University of Huddersfield; Explore Ensemble

This piece was featured on the CD "Shadow Walker", and released on the Col Legno label.

Listen to the full piece.

Elusive Tangibility II: firelife is available from Edition Gravis

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Background artwork:  "Untitled, 2019", UV lacquer, oil on paper. Copyright © Johannes Tassilo Walter 2019. Reproduced with kind permission.