METAMORFA I, op. 16: composed for solo bassoon (2005).
Duration: 5 minutes.
Composition commissioned by: Benjamin Coelho.
Benjamin Coelho, bassoon.
Midwest Composers’ Symposium 2006, Smith Recital Hall, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL, February 25, 2006.
The title of this composition is a "created" word (the Greek language carries in itself the capability/plasticity for creating endless new words, simply by combining/recombining its "roots").
Meta (meaning 'after' or 'beyond') is combined here with the root morfa deriving from the noun "morfe" (=form). The result of this new word is the "new" meaning of Forms-Beyond, an interesting title for compositions resulting from manipulations of "model-forms"!
In this case, the present composition serves as a model-form for a series of solo works to be realized next! So, far there exists a second composition, under the same title, numbered as "II". This second one is for solo clarinet.
This work for solo bassoon covers a specific range of "extended techniques, such as multiphonics. Its speed is also very challenging.
The recording that follows is from the live performance of the Composers' Workshop Concert at the University of Iowa (April 2006).
Benjamin Coelho has done an incredible job at interpreting my very difficult score (his wording!) in the most expressive way! The composition received high acclaim at the Midwest Composers’ Symposium 2006, where it was first presented.