Posted on November 30, 2017

Cosmatesque (2017) for Symphonic Orchestra.

Commission of the festival Gaida. Performed by Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conductor Christopher Lyndon-Gee, at Vilnius Philharmonic the 30th of November, 2017.

Cosmatesque term refers not only to a medieval style of geometric decorative inlay stonework but also to a developed symbolical system, which represents concepts and ideas of a universe structure thanks to the coded geometry.

Cosmatesque technique, where a model is created from different size and shape pieces of stone, was an inspiration for this big orchestra piece. The singular proportion in permutation is used to create different temporality canons. They build the musical architecture repeating themselves while the orchestra register opens up. Orchestra is divided in to different groups associated with distinct tempo, duration, register and colour. It’s superposed repetitive patterns are condemned to be broken by the developed percussion lines symbolically destructing the musical mosaic.