Traces Sur L’Eau

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Ion Marmarinos

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Composer Ion Marmarinos

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ca. 8'

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The formation of concentric circles on the surface of the water is one of nature’s mechanisms that stimulate my musical interests – pattern and repetition. The circles’ symmetrical formations and densities in relation to their distance from the center (more dense around the center and sparse as they move away from it), inspired me to structure the piece in two dimensions, the macro and the micro:

1 – a slow metamorphosis from a densely structured dialogue among instruments interrupted by full chords, to a more widely spaced texture interrupted by chords of fewer tones and periods of silence.

2 – rhythmic figures based on symmetrical modes follow a palindromic formation of fast –slower – slow – faster – fast etc. as these figures travel from one instrument to another imitating the flow of water and the continuity of circular formations.

Commissioned by the soundSCAPE festival.

Premiered by the Vertixe Sonora Ensemble 15 July 2018, Bruno Maderna Conservatorio, Cesena, Italy.

Additional performances by Vertixe Sonora 16 July 2018, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Italy.