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Bella Máté: Hesperus

for solo viola and ensemble

score and parts

Setting: Viola and chamber ensemble, Viola
Instrumentation: viola sola, 2 fl, 2 cl, arpa, 3 vl, vla, 2 vlc, cb
Series: Péter Eötvös Foundation Series
Period: Contemporary Music
Duration: 15'
Item number: B-87
Other reference: 15073
Hesperus was commissioned by the Ensemble InterContemporain, it was written in 2017. In Greek mythology, the name Hesperus refers to the evening star, or the planet Venus, that appears in the evening sky after sunset. In this work, I primarily use low dynamics and fast, almost meccanico rhythm. For a long time, I have been interested in writing slow and long musical processes where we progress from noise-like musical elements to sounds, or from sounds to noise. The tone of the work aims to create a world for the listener, where they are looking at a scintillating star in the night sky. I chose the apparatus to create sounds that are soft and smooth, as if I was painting with watercolour on a great canvas. The viola solo emerges from this timbre with its lyric or dramatic melodies. In the piece, I also experiment with creating undetermined sound with metric notation. The rhythm does not have a pulsation in the classic sense, the described time signature is primarily to help synchronizing the performers. (Máté Bella)