THAWST I: for Flute, Guitar, and Violoncello


THAWST I, op.22

Composed for flute, guitar, and violoncello (2009)

Duration: 15 minutes

Composition commissioned by: the Nova Camara Trio

Fabricio Mattos, guitar; Fabricio Ribeiro, flute; Thomas Juksch, violoncello

A recording of three movements of THAWST I with the Nova Camara Trio has been released on CD under the SXISMA RECORDS Label.

THAWST I-recording







THAWST I: Program Notes


THAWST I belongs to a series of compositions for small chamber ensembles under the generic title "THAWST". The work is in four movements.

The title is derived from TH (=threads) + A (=Alpha) +W (=Omega, W being the closest equivalent of the Greek letter Omega) +ST (=strings). Or, simply put, "Threads and Strings across a AW axis".

My fascination with the String Theory in Physics and my vivid imagination are the tools here: AW (Alpha-Omega) deals as an imaginary "black hole" in space, where all matter is sucked and maybe re-spitted out again. In every composition of the series, and facing the challenge of diverse instrumentations, I try to create a new/imaginary situation of cosmic turbulence.

Added to that, the tonal system used here is that of the Ancient Greek tetrachords, as delivered to us by the Pythagorean theories.




THAWST I: Recordings

My music is often quite difficult for musicians to perform: therefore, I have decided to introduce my Sibelius recordings created on my computer!

Maybe I do really like them, because Sibelius 6 uses now very realistic instrument samples from the library of Garritan Personal Orchestra-the most sophisticated program in imitating orchestral instruments!

Mixing and editing have been realized through the Garageband software.

This recording serves two purposes:

1) to have listeners interested in my music enjoy the ideal speed I had in mind when composing this particular work!

2) to facilitate interested musicians make an informed decision about whether to buy the score or not.

Finally, and despite the fact that these files may not sound as realistic, I like them!!! Simply because I face no "difficulty limitations" during the process of creation!

I also believe that there are a lot of performers out there who would love the challenge: I know that, as I am one of them!

Recording to be officially released soon!




THAWST I: the NOVA CAMARA Recording


The Nova Camara Trio has recorded three of the four movements of the work! Their very musical and sensitive performance can be downloaded and enjoyed here:

THAWST I: the NOVA CAMARA Recording