Hèctor Parra Esteve (1976)

Sirrt die Sekunde (2008)

pour ensemble

  • Informations générales
    • Date de composition : 2008
    • Durée : 13 mn 30 s
    • Éditeur : Editorial Tritó
    • Commande : Klangforum Wien et Impuls-Graz 2009 avec le soutien du Gouvernement Catalan.
    • Dédicace : Peter Oswald and Barbara Fränzen, with warm friendship.
Effectif détaillé
  • 1 flûte, 1 hautbois, 1 clarinette, 1 basson, 1 cor, 1 trompette, 1 trombone, 1 percussionniste, 1 harpe, 1 piano, 1 violon, 1 violon II, 1 alto, 1 violoncelle, 1 contrebasse

Information sur la création

Note de programme

Stimmen, ins Grün
der Wasserfläche geritzt.
Wenn der Eisvogel taucht,
sirrt die Sekunde:

Was zu dir stand
an jedem der Ufer,
es tritt
gemäht in ein anderes Bild.

Paul Celan, Stimmen (1956-58)  tiré de Sprachgitter © S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, 1959.

In a summer afternoon of the year 1956 Paul Celan was walking with a friend along a riverside. Suddenly he noticed that an intense blue spark pierced the smooth wavy surface of the water, dived into it and immediately emerged with its beak as bow. Celan knew the name of the bird in French (alcyon), but not in German. Once at home he searched in its just acquired Brehm’s Animal Encyclopaedia in four volumes and found its German name: Eisvogel which literally means Bird of Ice. Thus started an amazing poetic adventure that ended two years later with the completion of the poem Stimmen.

In the present piece, Celan’s bird is converted into sounds, into voices that pierce and scratch the surface of the undisturbed audition. The kingfisher brings us unsuspected news of what apparently is an established part of our world. That of what you were confident may change in the twinkling of an eye, and the present time can be perturbed and transformed by the memories. The immersion in the sonic world of the piece will make us to feel progressively closer to the ultimate reason of the instrumental gestures that constitute it. We will have access to the truest nature of the sound forms presented at the beginning as engraved in the surface of the orchestral texture. The fifteen minutes of Sirrt die Sekunde constitute an abstract drama that chisels in the sonic spacetime the refraction of an intense and magical instant of creative freedom. A creative move that finds its outward expression as an sculpture of the musical time. Through the refractive prism of our perception, different musical events, sometimes sudden and abrupt, sometimes quietly evanescent, may converge to produce a most vivid experience of (human) life. In few seconds, polyphonically interwoven different emotional states, with different energies, will meet and coexist. Hence, we are auditory compelled to live each instant at high intensity and hyperconcentration. This process should eventually produce and place us in this vibrant and magical « dimensional extension » of spacetime in which our thought and musical expressivity feel free to move and create.

In more technical terms, in this (hyper)sonic adventure we have proceeded to establish an integral fusion between timber and harmony. To it we have added a polyphony that not only interweaves independent melodical lines, but extends its function as well to instrumental fibre bundles with a characteristic timber quality; a timber quality which is itself subject to a time evolution. With this extended set of chisels we have sculpted the piece from the macroscale to the microscale. Thus, this piece reflects my conviction that a deeper degree of integration between the different musical parameters, capable to produce and manage an extended sonic plasticity, is a most reliable signpost towards the achievement of new levels of musical expression.

Hèctor Parra, 2008