Johannes Maria Staud (1974)

Dichotomie (1997 -1998)

pour quatuor à cordes

  • General information
    • Composition date : 1997 - 1998
    • Duration : 16 mn
    • Editor : Universal Edition
    • Commission: État fédéral du Tyrol
Detailed formation
  • 1 violon, 1 violon II, 1 alto, 1 violoncelle

Creation information

  • Date : 28 July 1999
    Location :

    Autriche, Ebbs, église, Erl Tyrolean Festival


    Performers :

    le quatuor Hugo Wolf.

Program note

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.