World premiere "Riflesso sull'arco"
by the Ives Ensemble

Durham - 8 January 2017

The Ives Ensemble will première Richard Rijnvos's new work Riflesso sull'arco on 12 January 2017 in Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam. A repeat performance will take place the next day in Korzo, The Hague.

The work is part of a series of companion pieces, started in 2007 with Riflesso sul tasto, followed by Riflesso sull'acqua. Each Riflesso explores the same exceptional scoring of an existing "classic" by a composer from the past. Riflesso sull'arco is a companion piece to Swinging Music (1970) by the Polish composer Kazimierz Serocki. It is scored for bass clarinet, trombone, cello and piano.

In Riflesso sull’arco we hear four arches of sound, one after the other. The arches slowly grow to their highest point, using nothing but harmonic overtones, and then gradually come down again. All sounds we hear are acting, i.e. not talking; they have no meaning or message; they simply exist in time and space, and last.

Riflesso sull'arco was commissioned by Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, with financial support of the Ammodo Foundation.