MUSICA DA CAMERA (2001)

MUSICA DA CAMERA (2001)

for ensemble

ensemble: 1.1.1*.1/1.1.1.0/4perc/pno/musical saw/1.1.1.1.1
duration: 17 minutes
première:  April 17, 2001, SNG Maribor, Slovenia
Members of the Symphony Orchestra SNG Maribor
Matija Terlep – musical saw
Conducted by Stefan Garkov

MUSICA DA CAMERA

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MUSICA DA CAMERA

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RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra
Matija Terlep – musical saw, conducted by Gernot Schulz
Recording published on CD – Rostrum 2000-2003 by RTV Slovenia ZKP
Produced by Radio Slovenia

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MUSICA DA CAMERA is a work that combines the characteristics of chamber ensemble and chamber orchestra. A single movement stretching over more than a quarter of an hour, it is the earliest of Žuraj’s instrumental works to eschew in large part the ironic and burlesque overtones of works such as the DIVERTIMENTO and the TANGO. It is also the first work in which Žuraj’s colourful handling of percussion comes to the fore as the underlying timbre of the ensemble.

From lyrical beginnings, MUSICA DA CAMERA wends its way through impressionistic passages full of trills, harmonics and rich tone-colours, including a musical saw, until the work’s steady build-up is interrupted by a dramatic percussion cadenza. Following this cadenza, the texture, while never losing its colourful aspects, tends to be dominated by more clearly-defined solo textures. Towards the end, the trills and fluttering textures return, accompanying rapid solo figurations in the glockenspiel and the piano. The work fades out with the sinking pitch of a tubular bell being lowered into water, the quiet chiming of the triangle and a barely audible stroke on the tam-tam.

Alwyn Tomas Westbrooke

Rostrum 2000-2003: Contemporary slovenian music (2003)

Published by RTV Slovenia ZKP

RTV Slovenia Symphony Orchestra

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MUSICA DA CAMERA

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