Werner Kaegi

1981 CONSOLATIONS

1. IN MEMORIAM REGINE BRANDT

2. AUTOMNE

3. VERS D'AUTRES JEUX

COMPUTER MUSIC 4-TRACK MIDIM8X SONOLOGY UTRECHT

CREATION GEERTEKERK UTRECHT 11-10-82 (ASSOCIATIVE MUSIC)
BOURGES FESTIVAL 12-06-83

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(Programme-Note,cf.INTERFACE Vol.15 No2-4 p179)
WERNER KAEGI: CONSOLATIONS
Premiered on 11-10-1982 at Utrecht Geertekerk. Meanwhile presented
among others in concerts at Zurich (30-05-83), Bourges Festival
(12-06-83), Kopenhagen (14-12-83), Amsterdam (03-03-84), Genève
(13-04-84), WDR Köln (25-10-84), Lüneburg (02-12-84), Utrecht (14-
01-86), Rotterdam (09-11-86), Utrecht (04-09-88)'

CONSOLATIONS:
Often it will happen to me that I will take note of musical ideas
which occur to me in my diary, a habit taught to me about 30 years
ago by Arthur Honegger. Then I threw notes on paper, now I throw
them on data files stored on digital tape or floppy disc:
descriptions of sound objects, of typical comportements and so
forth, which can quickly be converted into sound and listened to.
'Consolation', created in 1982 and consisting of three pieces: 'In
Memoriam', 'Automne' and 'Vers d'autres Jeux', draws its material
from data I put on computertape from 1978 to 1981. The formation
of the material took place in 1981/82 by means of my MIDIM-system
for digital composition..

IN MEMORIAM is written in memory of my wife Regine Brandt. It is a
game of associations which are developed from one single musical
idea.
AUTOMNE displays a leading melodic phrase which is repeated during
the whole piece as in a chaconne. Around this a game of melodic
lines of different lengths develop which sound together in
constantly new phase-relationships. The piece is an expression of
a static image of an emotinal state which might be expressed by
the following Japanese poem (Kakuren, 1202):
The cries of the insects
are buried at the roots of
the sparse pampas grass-
the end of automne is in
the colour of the last leaves.
VERS D'AUTRES JEUX (toward other games) is based upon a poem by
the French inventor of the phonograph Charles Cros. Speech and
vocal sounds introduced are exclusively synthetic. The first part
exhibits an exponential development of speed and pitch, resulting
in a kind of continuously modulating harmony. The epilogue of this
very sensual piece quotes among others the composition JEUX of
Debussy.

Sensation de Haschisch (Charles Cros)

Tiède et blanc était le sein.
Toute blanche était la chatte.
Le sein soulevait la chatte.
La chatte griffait le sein.

Les oreilles de la chatte
Faisaient ombre sur le sein,
Rose était le bout du sein,
Comme le nez de la chatte.

Un signe noir sur le sein
Intrigua longtemps la chatte.
Puis, vers d'autres jeux, la chatte
Courut, laissant nu le sein.

 


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