The Sea as Fallacy

for wind quintet and piano

Tonia Ko

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for wind quintet and piano

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Composer Tonia Ko
Year of Composition 2020
Duration ca.6'

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Catalogue ID ce-tk1saf1


Commissioned by the Wege Durch Das Land Festival 2020 for Berlin Counterpoint.

The Sea As Fallacy explores a sonic realm that assumes a smooth spectrum between the notes. Starting with a pure C#, the piece modulates microtonally, stepby-step, towards G#. the grand spectral harmonic fields are reinterpreted with the goal of a more intimate expression. Intermediate spaces are not only found in the microtonal pitches between two notes but in the form of noise, lying between silence and musical sound. For me, growing up on small islands, these shifting foundations of tonality resembles the surface of a sea – mostly quite peaceful with only slight wrinkles, but at other times with violent waves crashing down.