Ljusrymd

Frozen lac in bright winter-light
2017
orchestra: 2222/4231/timp. + perc./strings
durata
20'

Ljusrymd (Space of Light) commission by Gävle Symphony Orchestra
first performance: 20.4.2017 in Gävle Concert Hall, Sweden, conductor, Giedrė Šlekytė
publisher: Svensk Musik

Programme note:
Ljusrymd - between earth and light

The orchestra piece Ljusrymd (Space of light) follows a slow movement from earth to light, from dark resonances to light openings. It can delay at plateaux, refract against sudden falls, been replaced or opened to another sound space. In this movement there is an uninterrupted shift between relaxation and rest, high tension and blinding, where attempts to fixation or repetition constantly must be abondoned: nothing can be for ever, all is changing.

Ljusrymd consists of a short and slow introduction, two longer parts (A and C), both, but differently, having an elastic web of time that sometimes accumulates in pulsatory sections, sometimes breaks down in falls, to hereafter moving upwards - towards the light. These longer parts are separated by a short, repetitive and increasingly dancing movement (B). The very slow and searching part C goes through most of the previous shifts, but opens to a more steady, faster and pulsating light plateau - a farewell falls out: as the light falls on earth for an uncertain time.

Madeleine Isaksson

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