C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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C0 note (16,35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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Ben-Shabetai, Ari: Winks 



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  • Program notes: 

    Winking, as a universal type of human body-language, can communicate various
    different signals. From a simple "hi", through a discrete conspiring - "you and I know
    the truth", or hinting - "I'm not really serious" to a simple playful – "I'm only joking".
    These seven pieces are short miniatures, musical caricatures of sorts, written in a
    humoristic, at times sarcastic state of mind (or should I say "state of ear"?). Their
    durations are between one minute and a minute and a half, and each tells a story or
    presents a musical idea which is "not really serious". In a sense, I am winking
    through sound.
    The first wink, has to do with someone who is paranoid, repeatedly taking a peek
    from behind the street corner to see if anyone is following. The second 'Wink' depicts
    hysterical birds on a high voltage wire. The third 'Wink' depicts a drunk old salesman
    trying to keep his balance on the sidewalk. Wink 4 is all about the Bassoon, known to
    most of us as "Grandpa" from 'Peter & the Wolf', grumpy and obstinate. His
    frustration however, having to play an endless ostinato, and with growing jealousy of
    his ensemble mates who all have their little 'solos', is finally paid off when he breaks
    out with his own solo – only to find he's 'landed' on the solo fragment from the
    opening of Stravinski's "Sacre de Printimps" (extremely high for the instrument…).
    In 'Wink' 5 I had the strange idea that nothing exemplifies better the sound of
    woodwinds than the opening of Schubert's 5th Symphony. However, it keeps going
    wrong; out of tune, turning a-tonal, and breaking apart. Wink 6 is about
    'Klangfarbenmelodie'. It is a kind of of tone-color pun. The closing 'Wink' is about
    traffic in a busy street outside one's window.



Total number of musicians: 
Musicians1st player2nd player
Horn (F)



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