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GLASS STRATUM [2011]

 
piccolo + violin [ 12-15' ]

commissioned by mmm...

 

 

 

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

11/21/2016 - Sarah Saviet & Susanne Peters. HCMF. Huddersfield, UK

11/1/2015 - Tempus Konnex . Hochschule für Musik und Theater. Leipzig, Germany

6/11/2015 - Ensemble Praesenz. Galerie Schmidt&Handrup. Berlin, Germany.

6/10/2015 - Ensemble Praesenz. Galerie Schmidt&Handrup. Cologne, Germany.

3/15/2015 - Rieko Manabe & Maiko Matsuoka. ホールソワサント. Tokyo, Japan

11/12/2011 - Talea EnsembleHarvard Group for New Music. Cambridge, MA

9/29/2011 - mmm... Suginami Kokaidou. Tokyo, Japan

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM NOTE

"The particle [of glass] on the island takes on an enormity. Whereas the island itself is just a dot."
-Robert Smithson, Four Conversations Between Dennis Wheeler and Robert Smithson [1969-70]
Glass Stratum is part of a larger project for the ELISION Ensemble which takes as its reference point the glass- and mirror-based work of Robert Smithson. Smithson uses glass to explore concepts of scale, abstraction, matter, structure and form. Glass is a self-negating material. Smithson employs it as a massive crystalline structure: at once a fractal and a monolith. As in the above quote, a single particle or sheet of glass is somehow enormous, while a massive collection of the material would render itself indistinct and small. This is because there is no more information in a pile of glass than there is in a shard. The material collapses into itself. Though the masses of panels of glass in Smithson's Glass Strata change, the information contained at every level does not. Thus, the scale of the piece is in constant flux when perceived by a viewer, though the structure is entirely fixed. The instruments in Glass Stratum have a similar relationship, constantly differentiating themselves from each other but compiling their material into an entirely dedifferentiated form. Any single shard or plate of material is highly distinct and crafted, but, as in Smithson, what we perceive once the panes have been layered atop one another no longer bears any relation to its parts. The information does not change, but the "temporal-mass" of the object does.
Glass Stratum was written for Reiko Manabe and Shungo Mise through ensemble mmm...'s Circle of Friends project. The piece is dedicated in friendship and respect to Evan Johnson.
 

 

 

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