In praise of the absent (on a theme by Schumann) [relectures #2]

Formation: toy piano and recorded piano through vibration speaker
Creation: december 2013
Premiere: 11th may 2014. Mostra Sonora de Sueca. VÍCTOR TRESCOLÍ
Duration: 11 minutes

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The piece consists of 10 relectures of a fragment of Robert Schumann’s Einsame Blumen (Waldszenen). The idea along the whole work is the dialogue with the absent and non-sounding: the original Schumann’s theme is evoked through its compression in a few notes of the reduced register of the toy piano, gradually opening towards the original register (completed with a conventional piano recording sounding inside the toy piano through a small vibration speaker), and finally disappearing through filtering and fading out to the audible threshold.
The reduced volume and one-octave register limitation of the toy piano turn into virtue, into a praise of the minimum, the reduced, the smallness, the non-accumulation or the fewness…

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