Anthony Cheung (1982)
Fog Mobiles (2010)
for solo horn and orchestra
- General information
Composition date :
- Duration : 12 mn
- Commission: Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Francfort
- Composition date : 2010
- Concertant music [Horn and ensemble/orchestra]
26 November 2011
Allemagne, Darmstadt, Böllenfalltor-Halle, CRESC. Biennale for Modern Music
Saar Berger : cor et l'Orchestre symphonique de la Radio de Francfort, direction : Matthias Pintscher.
autre version pour cor et ensemble
I grew up surrounded by the soft murmurs of invisible foghorns hanging in the air and enveloped by shrouds of fog hovering over the city of San Francisco. The off-kilter patterns of mixed fog signals, with their independent pitches and timings, come into clear focus under the right conditions. One can often hear a beautiful and spontaneous concert of these horns, and each experience is unique and non-reproducible. Thus the idea of fog "mobiles" inspired this piece. The antiphonal layerings of foghorns react to changing intensities and densities in the music, as the orchestration and dialogue between soloist and ensemble shift the listener's vantage point. Horns from the Golden Gate bridge, lighthouses (Point Bonita and Point Diablo), and approaching tankers interact with changing densities of fog, the swirling lights of lighthouses, crashing waves, and winds from all directions. Everything is interconnected, as horn melodies made from natural overtone tunings emerge from orchestral sonorities, changing densities of fog activate and de-activate foghorn patterns, and gravitational forces between soloist and ensemble attract and repel: a giant, mobile organism of fog, light, and sound, set in motion by its various sensory apparatuses.
Anthony Cheung, août 2010.