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for flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, violoncello, piano | 10'ca. (2003) download | purchase
"Metamorphosis I" is a contemporary chamber musical piece that delves into the intricate world of transformation and illusion, drawing inspiration from the mesmerizing woodcut artwork of M.C. Escher created in 1937 under the same tittled. This work attempts to translate Escher's visual narrative into a sonic landscape, employing a diverse ensemble of flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, violoncello, and piano to evoke the surreal and ever-shifting imagery of the woodcut.
Just as Escher's work challenges perception and reality, "Metamorphosis I" navigates through a series of musical transformations, where themes intertwine, distort, and reemerge in unexpected ways. The ensemble becomes a dynamic entity, seamlessly morphing between textures, timbres, and tempos, mirroring the fluidity of Escher's visual metamorphosis.
Through intricate rhythms, unconventional harmonies, and extended techniques, the piece invites listeners on a journey through Escher's surreal universe, where boundaries blur and shapes dissolve into endless permutations. The use of aleatoric elements adds an element of unpredictability, echoing the inherent ambiguity and paradoxes present in Escher's art.
"Metamorphosis I" challenges both performers and audiences to explore the boundaries of perception and embrace the inherent beauty of transformation. Like Escher's artwork, it invites us to question our understanding of reality and revel in the mesmerizing interplay between form and illusion. In this performance, the ensemble invites you to immerse yourself in a sonic tapestry where time, space, and sound converge in a kaleidoscope of musical metamorphosis.
Albert CARBONELL - METAMORPHOSIS I (for sextet) [full score].pdf