This piece was written in June 2013 and was premièred at the Ostrava Philharmonic Hall during the Ostrava Days Festival of New and Experimental Music, during the Into the Night program on the 27th of August 2013.
The first performance was played by Irvin Venyš and Peter Szücz on bass clarinets and Ian Mikyska on electric guitar.
Program note from Ostrava Days:
Places and People for two bass clarinets and electric guitar explores the possibilities of musical
characterisation, through use of instrumental timbre as well as directly structural means
like repetition or tonality. It describes states of surrounding, but it is not an “atmospheric
piece” in the usual sense of the word, but rather uses the representation of a subjective
consciousness – usually through the guitar, though sometimes through a particular motif
or phrase – that is then distorted and influenced by the arrival or departure of other people
(instruments, melodies, motifs), or continued interaction with and development of them.
The basic extra-musical idea for this piece was moving into a small flat a few minutes away
from the Prague Castle. During the floods in June 2013, those of us fortunate enough to live
on the hills were confined to house arrest, and an amount of people larger than small passed
through the tiny room next to the Hradčanská tram stop. I began composing the piece during
and immediately after the flood; the three “home” sections of it are based on the atmosphere
of the space; the amount of people in it and the resulting dynamic. The two intervening
movements (Light & Dark I and II) are based on clearer spatial concepts and also explore the
range of the three instruments to a larger extent, whilst still developing the dynamic that was
semantically established in the other three movements. The piece is dedicated to Tamara