Johannes Maria Staud (1974)
Dichotomie (1997 -1998)
for string quartet
- General information
1997 - 1998
- Duration: 16 mn
- Publisher: Universal Edition
- Commission: État fédéral du Tyrol
- Composition date: 1997 - 1998
- Chamber music [2 violins, viola, cello]
- 1 violin, 1 second violin, 1 viola, 1 cello
28 July 1999
Autriche, Ebbs, église, Erl Tyrolean Festival
le quatuor Hugo Wolf.
I borrowed this work’s title (English: dichotomy) from the field of botany, where it is used to describe the fork-like branching out of plants as they sprout. The basic idea of the piece is similar. The first movement (indirectly) approaches a state of bifurcation, but ends up arriving at a confluence – upon which the second movement initially builds. But gradually, the music begins to develop in a completely new direction. It was my goal to accomplish this gradual change in perspective with as much suspense as possible – using only a few germ cells, the apparent forms of which continually change, while at the same time influencing one another.
Johannes Maria Staud.