Details of GEOMETRÍAS 1
Edicions Clivis, Barcelona (E). 5 pages. Duration: ca. 6:00. Experimental Contemporary Music.
Difficulty: MEDIUM-HIGH. Range (written): A2 – B5
Technic Elements: Wide range of dynamics and timbres. Diversity of articulations. Diversity of vibratos and oscillations. ¼ of tones. Relative notation. Aeolian sounds. Multiphonics. Flatterzunge.
Performance: Play with intensity. Constant search of timbres.
Meaning and structure of GEOMETRÍAS 1
This is the first work for baritone saxophone written for (and also dedicated to) me, in 2003, which I premiered in Barcelona one year later. I very well remember how enriching was the experience to have participated in the composition process, testing the effects and clarifying some technical questions of the piece. Since then, I appreciate a lot the collaboration with composers since it as a matter of trust between creator and performer. So, I suppose you will understand how important is this work for me.
You will find many of the technical elements of the most experimental music for baritone saxophone in GEOMETRÍAS 1, such as vibrato oscillations, air sounds and their transitions, slaps and other types of articulations, quarter of tones, flatter and multiphonics. In addition, it requires a very expressive performance.
All these elements appear progressively and are replaced among them, thus giving structure to the work. The only element that appears throughout the whole piece is the quarter of tones, since GEOMETRÍAS 1 is based on a melodic series with microtones that gives it a very special colour.
As the composer says: “This work represents my own way in the search of new forms of organisation of the music material going further from the traditional ones. The idea that inspired me was the development of a human being (or any other kind of living creature) that evolves through the time who, at his end, is not the same since the beginning despite he keep his essence. New elements are constantly introduced, but the essence remains in the organisation of the pitches and lengths. So, coherence stays throughout the development.”
I would like to invite you to watch the video by Robert Sirvent (flute teacher at the Conservatory of Music of Tarragona and a good colleague) for this work, as a collaboration with the INS Records label for my album Believer.