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Asunder

Asunder

for chamber orchestra


  • Besetzung: Kammerorchester
  • Ausgabe: Aufführungsmaterial

Beschreibung

I can’t tell you how to feel with this piece, but I can tell you how I felt while writing it, which is essentially how it feels to call oneself an American today: pulled apart, broken, anxious, untethered. My original impulse, for that reason, was to visit that same violence on the orchestra — to destroy it as a totality, and force the players into small, irregular, vulnerable aggregates instead. But I eventually abandoned this position, because it seemed to reproduce the same problem that traps us every day. If one way to respond to our era of disunity is to portray it accurately, perhaps another alternative is to imagine unity anew. So I chose to work against the titular fragmentation, and strive instead for synchronies of movement, sturdy resonances, structural accumulations, and an ear toward pleasure.

I never trusted the kind of biographical musicology that attributes musical details to the composer’s real-life highs and lows — never, that is, until I started composing a lot of works myself, particularly those that I do not steer from the piano. If presence-in-the-present is my priority as a pianist, then as a composer I try to give sound to the full texture of the moment in which I write, the temporal vantage from which I get to “show up.” Composing becomes a kind of time capsule, a souvenir of whatever felt urgent yesterday. Still, it is meant to be inhabited by players and listeners in the present. My hope is that this piece might, at least for its duration, serve to unify the bodies in the room -- an experience that is hard to find today, and one that might stay with you until tomorrow.

- Vijay Iyer October 3, 2017

Details
Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Kompositionsjahr: 2017
Orchesterbesetzung: 2.2.2.2-2.2.0.0-1perc(timp, glsp, drum kit [tri, ride cym, sus cym, s.d, 3 tom-t, b.d])-str(6.5.4.4.2)
Schwierigkeit: fortgeschritten
Spieldauer: 15'0"
Verlag: Schott Garden Music, New York
Aufführungen
Dirigent: Pekka Kuusisto
Orchester: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-01-12 | Saint Paul, MN (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), Ordway Concert Hall
Dirigent: Pekka Kuusisto
Orchester: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-01-11 | Saint Paul, MN (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), Ordway Concert Hall
Orchester: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
2017-10-26 | New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), Carnegie Hall
Orchester: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
2017-10-22 | Newark, NJ (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Orchester: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
2017-10-12 | Lincoln, NE (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), Lied Center for the Performing Arts | Uraufführung

I can’t tell you how to feel with this piece, but I can tell you how I felt while writing it, which is essentially how it feels to call oneself an American today: pulled apart, broken, anxious, untethered. My original impulse, for that reason, was to visit that same violence on the orchestra — to destroy it as a totality, and force the players into small, irregular, vulnerable aggregates instead. But I eventually abandoned this position, because it seemed to reproduce the same problem that traps us every day. If one way to respond to our era of disunity is to portray it accurately, perhaps another alternative is to imagine unity anew. So I chose to work against the titular fragmentation, and strive instead for synchronies of movement, sturdy resonances, structural accumulations, and an ear toward pleasure.

I never trusted the kind of biographical musicology that attributes musical details to the composer’s real-life highs and lows — never, that is, until I started composing a lot of works myself, particularly those that I do not steer from the piano. If presence-in-the-present is my priority as a pianist, then as a composer I try to give sound to the full texture of the moment in which I write, the temporal vantage from which I get to “show up.” Composing becomes a kind of time capsule, a souvenir of whatever felt urgent yesterday. Still, it is meant to be inhabited by players and listeners in the present. My hope is that this piece might, at least for its duration, serve to unify the bodies in the room -- an experience that is hard to find today, and one that might stay with you until tomorrow.

- Vijay Iyer October 3, 2017

Auftragswerk : Commissioned by Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
Kompositionsjahr: 2017
Orchesterbesetzung: 2.2.2.2-2.2.0.0-1perc(timp, glsp, drum kit [tri, ride cym, sus cym, s.d, 3 tom-t, b.d])-str(6.5.4.4.2)
Schwierigkeit: fortgeschritten
Spieldauer: 15'0"
Verlag: Schott Garden Music, New York
Dirigent: Pekka Kuusisto
Orchester: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-01-12 | Saint Paul, MN (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), Ordway Concert Hall
Dirigent: Pekka Kuusisto
Orchester: Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
2019-01-11 | Saint Paul, MN (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), Ordway Concert Hall
Orchester: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
2017-10-26 | New York, NY (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), Carnegie Hall
Orchester: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
2017-10-22 | Newark, NJ (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), New Jersey Performing Arts Center
Orchester: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
2017-10-12 | Lincoln, NE (Vereinigte Staaten von Amerika), Lied Center for the Performing Arts | Uraufführung