Commissioned by the RCM "New Perspectives" Ensemble
Premiered 7. December 2017 in the Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall
Conductor: Timothy Lines
ZwischenFarben (german for “BetweenColours”) explores shades and textures within sounds. It is based on the orchestral piece Farben, which was the experiment of writing a piece which would have no tremoli, glissandi, harmonic trills, Bartok pizz. and melodies; Farben only uses pure pitches blending into each other without a clear moment where the two can be distinguished.
The instrumentation of ZwischenFarben – which is for chamber ensemble - allowed me to focus much more on singular sounds and microtonal structures. The instrumental techniques are now much more specific and sometimes reduced to extremely small changes in sound. (For example, the viola playing just a singular note on its own.) The form of the piece is built around these “minimalistic” events: The clarinet opens with a high and fragile C, instruments are gradually added, rhythmic pulsations start to overlap and the pacing gets faster and faster. The sounds unleash into a storm of colours which culminates into the above-mentioned viola note.