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Kaija Saariaho

Publisher: Chester Music

Cendres (1998)
commissioned by Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Ruhr and Kulturbüro Essen
Chester Music Ltd
Small Ensemble (2-6 players)
Year Composed
10 Minutes
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Programme Note
Kaija Saariaho Cendres (1998)
Click here to read a performance guide for Cendres written by celebrated flutist Camilla Hoitenga

I found the basis of the musical material for this piece in my double concerto ...à la fumée for alto flute, cello and orchestra. The name of the piece also derives from this.

While writing Cendres, I was mainly concentrating on the interpretation of particular musical ideas by the three different instruments of the trio, each of which has its unique character and palette of colours. Musical tension is created and regulated by sometimes bringing the instruments as close together as possible in all ways (pitch, rhythm, dynamics, articulation, colour etc.), or, at the other extreme, letting each of them express the music in their most idiomatic fashion. Between these two extremes there is an unlimited number of possible ways to create more or less homogenous musical situations. The consciousness of this variety was the rope on which I was balancing whilst working on the piece.

Cendres was commissioned by the Gesellschaft fur Neue Musik Ruhr and
Kulturbüro der Stadt Essen for the Wolpe Trio.

  • Ensemble
    Wolpe Trio
    Andreas Boettger, percussion
  • Ensemble
    Champ d'Action
    James Wood
  • Soloist(s)
    Steven Dunn, Pia Freund, Tuija Hakkila, Mikael Helasvuo, Florent Jodelet, Anssi Karttunen, Ernst Kovacic
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