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Caeli enarrant...IV : for string quartet with four cymbals / Georges Lentz.
by Georges Lentz (1993)
Caeli enarrant…IV reflects my fascination with astronomy: the gigantic dimensions of the universe as well as its innumerable galaxies in magnificent colours and shapes; as well as some personal, spiritual beliefs, but also questions and doubts.
A deliberately rigid serial technique gives the music a sense of rotation and symbolises the idea of the circle/spiral – a recurrent feature in the universe.
The established, rigid patterns in the music are often destroyed in the course of the composition, opening the doors to intuition, even randomness. Other influences include Tibetan Buddhist music, as well as the use of silence, a symbol for our loneliness in the midst of the vastness of space.
Caeli enarrant…IV is based on the central tone, ‘F’. Inside the atonal framework of much of the music, this central note gives a tonal reference or meaning, similar to the meaning given by the idea of God to an otherwise meaningless world.— © Georges Lentz
Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (45p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 29 min.
Contents note: I. Introduction: "...who sees the many and not the one, wanders on from death to death..." -- II. The Pleiades M45: "...God is sound and silence..." -- III. Scherzo: Exsultate, jubilate - the spiral galaxy M106 -- IV. Lux perpetua: the nebula IC 2177 -- V. Te deum laudamus -- VI. The Andromeda galaxy M31: "...leaving the transient, find joy in the eternal..."
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