ChartresPosted on January 22, 2012
Chartres (2012) string orchestra (9 violins, 3 violas, 3 cellos, double-bass).
The inspiration of Chartres is an insight into Chartres Cathedral south rose, which depicts the Apocalypse according to Saint John. XIIIth century glass window is dominated by images of old-men holding string instruments. The Chartres key of the epitomized musical material is shaped to mirror the stained glass window and the visual form of the arc of the circle is embodied in the score. The musical parameters of this composition, which constantly follows the system focuses on the medieval proportions of ‘6:8:9:12’. The maximum instrumental divisi sounds for most of the time and expresses different layers, which are gradually joining and contrary to each other. Each of these layers is individual and generates a transformation in the timbre meanwhile each instrument, when entering produces a subtle supplement to the cluster, so creating monumental sonic blocks.
Chartres was performed by 7 different orchestras:
Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra , – artistic director, cellist Mindaugas Bačkus, music and dance project Present Time, KKC / Kauno kultūros centras, Lithuania.
BBC Philharmonic, conductor Ben Gernon , BBC Radio 3 live broadcast, UK.
Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra , – artistic director, cellist Mindaugas Bačkus, music and dance project Present Time, 45th Klaipėda Music Spring Festival Klaipėda, Lithuania.
Chamber Orchestra MODUS conducted by Robertas Bliškevičius concert Polilogas festival Muzikos ruduo, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Ensemble 21 conducted by Elena Schwarz concert Compositrices d’aujourd’hui at Geneva HEM, Switzerland.
ORFEJ String Orchestra conducted by Ivan Markovič concert Rostrum+ in Belgrade, Serbia.
Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra conducted by Modestas Pitrėnas festival Permainų Muzika, Klaipėda, Lithuania.
Slovenian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra conducted by Simon Krečič at World Music Days, Ljublijana, Slovenia.
International Rostrum of Composers recommended Chartres at the 60th edition, in Prague, Czech Republic.
St.Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Karolis Variakojis, Druskomanija festival, Vilnius, Lithuania.
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