for flute, clarinet, violin, Cello & piano – 2008, ca. 21’
wih or without conductor.
Premiere: 19th September 2009, Lucerne Festival, Ensemble Recherche.
II.- Quand Jeff Wall regarde Hokusaï [When Jeff Wall looks at Hokusaï]
III.- Rouge Burri [Burri-Red]
IV.- Rajeunir, par Penone [Rejuvenate, after Penone]
In the Arte Povera, an Italian artistic movement born in the turmoil of 1968, I have often felt appreciation for their unique aesthetic position: the political commitment that nevertheless co-exists with a real focus on the autonomy of art; the return to aesthetics without denying conceptual art; the primacy granted to the work of art rather than to the material and techniques used (in particular, the use of “poor” materials such as re-used artificial or natural objects); the playful misuse of Dame Nature; and, finally, their love for the double regard, for ambiguity and for illusion.
Four visual artists illustrate the four movements of „à propos“. With the exception of Giuseppe Penone, these artists do not claim to be part of Arte Povera, but all could belong to it. I appreciate each of them for their aesthetic singularity.
Directional textures; deconstructions of different musical elements – which may be either external references (Etenraku in „II.-Quand Jeff Wall regarde Hokusaï“ [When Jeff Wall looks at Hokusaï]) or quotations from other movements; repurposed instruments; auditory illusions; apparently simple materials that offer multiple interpretations: these album leaves must be listened to with children’s ears.