Monochromer Garten VI (2015)

pour Alto

Commissioned by Vincent Royer
World premiere : 25.03.2015 at Viola Festival in Essen Musik Hoch Schule by Vincent Royer

" Monochromer Garten VI " is a ongoing chamber music series "Monochromer Garten" which I focus on small formation for 1-3 musicians.
I make attempt with this series at representation of the features and aesthetic of Japanese garden and the process of it´s architecture.

A silvery world, night, black tiles covered with snow, reflected-light, space, silence ... I wanted to represent with sound such image of garden, once I looked through the window behind temple in Kyoto.
The night scene of the garden was like an India-ink painting, a work of art with black and white.
I found there an epitome of beauty, at the same time it made me reflect the appreciation of beauty.

According Shinichi Hisamatsu (1889-1980) - a Japanese philosopher and scholar of Zen Buddhism - ,
the general features of Japanese cultural expressions in fine arts can be described in term of seven interrelated characteristics.
1) Asymmetry
2) Simplicity
3) Auster Sublimity
4) Naturalness
5) Subtle Profundity
6) Freedom from attachment
7) Tranquillity
Each fine art, landscape architecture included, may be found to possess all of these seven characteristic, which in their inseparability form a perfect whole.

In "Monochrome Garden" series, I consider the composition of music as composition of landscape architecture.
Instead of the materials such rocks, water features, moss, pruned trees, bushes, sand and space to compose a Japanese garden, I use sound materials and time to create my piece.
Especially in my piece "Monochromer Garten VI”, I tried to bring out the particularity of viola technic which developed by Vincent Royer, such spell of its rich timbers, and mixture of fundamental tone and its spectral as sound materials and keep the character of improvisation.
I wanted to create an universe of beauty with these materials and to reach deep reserve of my sensibility.

"Monochrome Garden IV " was commissioned by my dear friend Vincent Royer and and it is dedicated to him.