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Neiges For Eight Cellos

COMPOSER: Kaija Saariaho
PUBLISHER: Chester Music
PRODUCT TYPE: Set
INSTRUMENT GROUP: String Ensemble
Composer's Note When I considered the ensemble of eight cellos, I first thought of matt and dark textures. I also wanted to go back to some ideas on symmetry. While I was pondering all that, I saw snow flakes fallingfromthe dark sky of the Finnish autumn. Focusing on the snow, the idea of writing
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Composer Kaija Saariaho
Publisher Chester Music
Instrumentation Cello[Octet]
Product Type Set
Instrument Group String Ensemble
Style Period Post 1901
Year of Publication 2002
Genre Classical
EAN 5020679163986
Style Period Post 1901
No. Pages 99
No. MUSCH61806
Description
Composer's Note

When I considered the ensemble of eight cellos, I first thought of matt and dark textures. I also wanted to go back to some ideas on symmetry. While I was pondering all that, I saw snow flakes fallingfromthe dark sky of the Finnish autumn. Focusing on the snow, the idea of writing variations on it and its various forms became clearer in my mind.Nuages de neige is a uniform and linear texture in which I realise my firstimpressionsof that ensemble. The two Etoiles de neige are based on the idea of symmetry and repetition: the first one develops up to a certain point where it doubles back as in a mirror image, the second one consists of eightsections inwhich the harmonic structure is repeated, as well as a linear gesture that becomes ever more present. Aguilles de glace focuses on different pizzicati and superimposed ostinati. With Fleurs de neige I sought to recallthe textureof those harmonic trills at the end of the first section, although more airy and diversified here. Kaija Saariaho

Songlist
  • 1. Neiges
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