JUST BECAUSE YOU'RE NOT PARANOID DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEY'RE NOT AFTER YOU
for solo violin con sordino, chamber orchestra, live electronics and lighting
composed in 2003
In a certain sense, Just because you’re not paranoid doesn’t mean that they’re not after you for solo violin, large ensemble, live electronics and light is an anti-concert. The solo violinist plays during the entire piece with a mute and the e-string — with the most characteristic solistic sound — remains almost untouched.
In Just because… the relation between an individual and a group, a soloist and an ensemble is investigated. The ensemble is “running after” the solo violin and tries to take over elements that are characteristic for the solo instrument. The range of the violin, for example becomes decisive for the harmonic material of the ensemble. Also the 8 sections of the piece are named after the various components of the violin: Bow, Bridge, Nut, G/D/A/E-String etc..
A striking aspect of Just because is it’s flexible structure. The order of the 8 sections can be varied by the conductor with every performance. The parts of the instrumentalists are written out, but they are made of patterns that have to be varied according to certain rules. Most flexible is the part of the solo violinist. She/He can decide largely when to play what section, independently of what the ensemble is playing.
The electronics are used to manipulate the balance, the sound and the spacial motion of the ensemble and the soloist. A five speaker system is used, containing a quadrophonic setup and a suspended speaker. The vertical motion is reserved to the solo instrument, so that it can flee when the ensemble gets too close in the chase…
commissioned by the ASKO ensemble and the Fonds voor de scheppende Toonkunst.
The piece was premiered on October 7, 2003 in Paradiso/Amsterdam. The solo part was played by Barbara Lüneburg. Jussi Jaatinen conducted the ASKO ensemble.
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