Dhyâna

for viola d'amore and piano

Gustavo Díaz-Jerez

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Composer Gustavo Díaz-Jerez
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ca. 9'

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Catalogue ID ce-gdj1d1

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Dhyâna is a Sanskrit word that literally means “contemplation”, although sometimes also translates as “meditation”. From this perspective develops the structure and the musical discourse of the work. With a rhapsodic form and an absolute protagonism of the viola d’amore, the piano constructs sonorous spaces (often using sonorities inside the piano) within which the viola develops its discourse. The struggle of opposing forces, sometimes violent, sometimes restless is a constant throughout the piece. This contrast of elements symbolizes the constant evolution from chaos to order and vice versa.

First performed at Palacio de las flores, La Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia, Spain, July 2011 by Sviatoslav Belonogov (viola d’amore) and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez (piano).