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

Flückiger, Esther: Vari brividi brevi 



Basic information

  • Title: 
    Vari brividi brevi
  • Duration (in minutes): 
  • Year of composition: 
  • First performance (year): 
  • First performance (venue): 
    not created yet
  • Conductor: 


  • Program notes: 

    In the composition "Vari brividi brevi" (Short Shivers), various short contrasting episodes in sound are evoked which gradually crystallize to form a whole. We experience "Brividi" (shivers) on an everyday basis which, like music, can be beguiling, frightening, intoxicating, exhilarating, soothing, or have many other kinds of effects on us.

    The piece commences with some "Brividi" (Shivers) which I experienced in the desert. Sounds of nature, in which we play such a small role, were the inspiration for the opening motives in the violoncello and piano imitating the subtle interplay of wind and sand. The entire musical material of the composition is imbued with the intervallic structure of these motives. The sound colors and rhythms of the individual sections are multifaceted and are characterized by the prominent use of extended playing techniques in both instruments.

    These "Vari brividi brevi" (Short Shivers) are about life, and it seemed fitting to me to have them culminate and dissolve in a calming epilogue. Maybe this moment of music will bring on "Brividi" (Shivers) in one or another of the listeners!

    Esther Flückiger



Total number of musicians: 
Musicians1st player2nd player



Content posted to the ISCM website reflects the viewpoint of individual submitters; its appearance herein does not imply official endorsement by the ISCM, its Executive Committee, or the Delegates to its General Assembly.