Slowness

Instrumentation :

Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Saxophone Alto, Trombon

Percussions (2 Players) : 3 woodblocks, Snare Drum, Gong, Bass Drum, Vibraphone 

Harpsichord

2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Doublebass

 

Duration : 7' 30" Ca.

 

Primiere :

Parco della musica contemporanea ensemble (PMCE)
Tonino Battista (Conductor) 
Parco della musica - Teatro studio - 10/05/2013

 

 

Program notes : 

 

A man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down.

 

Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his pace, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time.

 

In existential mathematics that experience takes the form of two basic equations: The degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting.

 

Milan Kundera, Slowness

Cover by Soolmaz Heshmati