Stanza
chromatic version
for positive organ and 8 instruments (1993)
to the memory of John Cage

9 minutes – no.12

Stanza is based on the riddle canon Ave Maris Stella (± 1549) by the Dutch composer Ghiselin Danckerts, which has the appearance of a chess board filled with notes. It is composed to the memory of the American composer John Cage, himself a keen chess player.

Stanza has three versions: a diatonic version for music box, the present chromatic version for positive organ and 8 instruments and a microtonal one for bass flute solo and 8 string players.