Kaija Saariaho

Kaija Saariaho (born 1952)

Nationality: Finnish
Born: October 14, 1952, Helsinki (age 68)

Cendres (for alto flute, cello and piano)

(for alto flute, cello and piano)
Duration: 10 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1998 (age 45-46)
Commission: commissioned by the Gesellschaft fur Neue Musik Ruhr and Kulturbüro der Stadt Essen for the Wolpe Trio
1 recordings, 1 videos
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Wolpe Trio
From Kaija Saariaho

Programme Note
Cendres (1998)

Kaija Saariaho I found the basis of the musical material for this piece in my double concerto …à la fumée for alto flute, cello and orchestra. The name of the piece also derives from this.

While writing Cendres, I was mainly concentrating on the interpretation of particular musical ideas by the three different instruments of the trio, each of which has its unique character and palette of colours. Musical tension is created and regulated by sometimes bringing the instruments as close together as possible in all ways (pitch, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, colour etc.), or, at the other extreme, letting each of them express the music in their most idiomatic fashion. Between these two extremes there is an unlimited number of possible ways to create more or less homogenous musical situations. The consciousness of this variety was the rope on which I was balancing whilst working on the piece.

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