Musiques

Andrea L. Reinkemeyer, Wild silk (2009)

Wild Silk (2009) for Baritone Saxophone, Percussion and Piano was commissioned by Jeffrey Heisler for the Primary Colors Trio, who premiered the work during the thirtieth annual Bowling Green State University New Music Festival at Bryan Recital Hall, Bowling Green, Ohio on October 24, 2009.

While composing this work, I found inspiration in the strikingly beautiful and elusive Luna Moth. The form of this piece loosely follows the three stages of its life cycle from egg to caterpillar, pupa, and adult moth. Apart from the constant threat of predators, the violence at each stage surprised me. As the caterpillar grows, it must break through its own skin five times. The pupa wriggles from within the cocoon during metamorphosis. The adult moth is deprived of a mouth, meaning there is an evolutionary preference for beautiful wings to attract a mate over personal survival. Without a way to nourish itself, the hours and days following eclosion are focused on the crazed goal of propagation. Perhaps it is a metaphor for the artist, who must completely renew and reinvent themselves over and again.

Lotta Wennäkoski, Soie (2019)

The Finnish Lotta Wennäkoski needs images to compose. Her Flute Concerto Soie is inspired by the tactile qualities of cotton, linen and silk. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and flutist Kersten McCall present the Dutch premiere in March 2019.

I have also included the silkworms. The thought of their swarming inspired me to give the flute ultra-short notes that follow each other quickly. By moving your tongue up and down at lightning speed, a somewhat hard, dense texture is created. That sounds like lbdlbdlbdlbd… and this in rising and falling figures. Thus you can hear the worms moving, as it were.

Lotta Wennäkoski (2019, https://theaderks.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/lotta-wennakoski-on-her-flute-concerto-soie-you-can-hear-the-silkworms-swarming)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wqUu7heAV8&t=352s
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