Borderline

Year of Composition : 2018

 

Instrumentation :

Flute, Clarinet in sib, Oboe, Basson, French Horn in Fa (sordina Bouche)

Trumpet in C (sordina Wa-Wa)

Percussions (1 player) Marimba, Vibraphone, Bass Drum, Cymbal ( Double bass bow and  Superball)

Piano (medium stick)

2 Violins, Viola, Cello

(12 players)

 

Duration : 8' 30"

 

Premiered by Ensemble 900 conducted by Carlo Rizzari , June 2018 , Auditorium Parco della Musica , Rome , Italy

 

 

Program notes

“Everything solid melts into air”. This quotation is taken from the Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels and describes the self-destructive nature of modernism; it represents a state of continuous change, in which any order is destroyed over time and replaced by a new one. As the piece unfolds, a  symmetrical element, the initial chord - which is constructed of 13 notes symmetrically distributed in the sound space - is being destroyed and replaced with the elements of a completely  different phenomena (not static, but fluid and sometimes random and indeterminate ). Toward the end of the piece, that same symmetrical chord tries to recur, but in a context in which it no longer finds space, it dissolves in a indefinitive way. Symmetry symbolises a spiritual order, a static situation, the crystal. Symmetry dissolves and the crystal becomes the "crystals of time". Paradoxically, all the elements that seem indeterminate are born from a genetic-symbolic code, a cell that is present throughout the piece. It is a symbolic-constructive element that defines the order of all elements in space. It works on the level of sense precisely because it confers too much meaning onto a situation, that seems to be a total deconstruction; everything comes from a single order of frequencies.  On the other hand, when it comes to continuous transformations, the concept of boundary and border becomes important and sometimes problematic in a structure. The border of a state with the one that follows. Once it is a clear boundary, once the new section appears imperceptibly, as if the borderline is hidden. Finally, as regards to the concept of boundary, it is interesting that in psychology the borderline personality disorder is characterized by the instability of self-image, identity, behavior and interpersonal relationships ...