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

D0 note (18.35 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

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

F0 note (21.83 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

G0 note (24.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

A0 note (27.50 Hz) — vibrating on liquid surface

Bochmann, Christopher: Canticum 



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  • Program notes: 

    "Canticum" was the result of a commission to write a contemporary commentary on a traditional Portuguese melody, to commemorate 50 years since Michel Giacometti’s arrival in Portugal. The melody that was proposed as an object of this commentary was “O Menino” from Peroguarda, the village in the Alentejo where Giacometti is buried. 

    The piece begins with a sort of translation of the gestures of the melody into a contemporary musical language. The material thus produced undergoes development. In the middle we hear a quotation of the melody “orchestrated” for violins and viola; at another moment, attention is drawn to the similarity between this melody and the well-known popular “Ave Maria” melody; after this we hear short snatches of the melody in a progressive disintegration – a sort of disintegration of the tonal functions so that the melody can be reintegrated into an atonal language. 

    Important gestures in the piece are arpeggio-like figures (descending and later ascending) derived from the scalar passages of the original melody; and also homophonic figures of sudden and vertiginous upwards movement, derived form the ornamentation typical of the Alentejo region.

    1st performance: 19 November 2010; Museu da Música Portuguesa - Casa Verdades de Faria. String Quartet of the Chamber Orquestra of Cascais and Oeiras: Ricardo Mendes (vn); Gergana Bencheva (vn); Jeanne Antoniuk (vla); Viktoria Chichkova (vc).

    Video of the 1st performance:



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