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Martha and Mary for 8 cellos

Classical/Contemporary • 2009 • Alternative Title: Марфа і Марія
 
     
 

Martha and Mary for 8 cellos

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Instrumentation
Cello
Scored for
Octet
Type of score
Full score
Publisher
Alexander Shchetynsky
Difficulty
Very difficult
Duration
15'0
A life paradigm of fleeting and eternal became the program motto of the piece Martha and Mary. I aimed at finding musical reflection of the symbolic sense of the Gospel story that contains many semantic layers and has been a complex source of meditations, interpretations and works of art for centuries.
The piece consists of five sections performed attacca. It utilizes 12-tone scale extended with quarter tones interpreted as melodic or harmonic alteration of the main 12 degrees. Also some consonances and soft dissonances inherited from traditional tonality are integrated into this tonal system. Another important element is the space movement of the sound from one instrument to the others in canonic imitations of the motives and phrases. In the 4th section (quasi-fugue) the whole theme and its variations undergo spatial movement.
The work was premiered by the Ensemble Cellonet conducted by Andrzej Bauer on October 2, 2009 in Lviv at the 15th International Contemporary Music Festival Contrasts.
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