Chamber Concerto Space-time continuum- Pro et ContraOct.14th,2016  Duanjun Theater, STA


  Space­time continuum ­­­ Pro et Contra is a chamber work written for an ensemble of 13 musicians. The instrumentation of the work is similar to that of a chamber symphony in the 20t h century (each section of the orchestra is represented by one instrument); the relationship between the instruments is similar to that of a Baroque concerto (harpsichord, Violin I & II and oboe as solo instruments and the other nine as accompaniment). The harpsichord functions as an important solo instrument, but is also part of the accompaniment. The super­traditional style of the work aims for an aesthetic that is the specialization of time.


  The structure of the work is like that of a traditional concerto (three movements in fast­slow­fast relationship). The thematic material of the first movement embodies exoticism and Baroque style. Contrasting the dramatic recitative first movement , the second movement is an elegy. The third movement’s tempo is similar to that of a Toccata, while the texture is somehow incidental. The complex rhythm and irregular phrasing give an impression of a constantly pausing and skipping grammophon.

  This is a work that shakes the balance between space and time. It is inspired by the conversation between the European musical language and Oriental musical traditions. The Baroque concerto style merges with the 20th century chamber symphony structure.


  Composer: DAI BO