stress and flow | Alejandro Vinao
Stress and flow, bright and dark and light and shadow are all description of the juxtapositions and contrasts that characterize this work and are arrived at through various rhythmic processes and the use of electronic means to produce new sound worlds. These sound worlds are not meaningful in themselves but work as an extension of the sound of the mallet instruments featured in the piece.
1. Bright & Dark
The first movement begins by unfolding dark and heavy rhythms and colours that are gradually transformed into brighter ones and eventually juxtaposed to each other in contrasting ways.
2. The Sound Behind
Working with electronics makes it possible to develop ‘the sound behind’ the notes or chord played by the four percussionists. Here, what happens to the sound after each note or chord is played is as important as the themes, harmonies and rhythms which these notes create. I kept the tempo of the music quite slow so that the listener may have time to focus on the colour, texture, and complexity of the sound world that emerges from behind the percussion instruments.
3. Luz y Sombra en Lindaraja (Light and Shadow in Lindaraja)
A simple rhythmic ‘groove’ runs throughout this movement. As it progresses in time, it multiplies itself into more complex patterns and layers of ‘light’, ‘shadow’ and ‘water’, the three central theme of the Garden of Lindaraja at the palace of Alhambra in Spain. The idea of this movement came to me while listening to Debussy’s ‘Lindaraja’ for 2 pianos.
quartet | Steve reich