Petr Bakla  
 

 

 
 

Statements? (2011) for soprano, flute (+b.fl), trumpet, trombone, cello, percussion and piano

- durata ca. 11 min
- commissioned by the Musik-Akademie der Stadt Basel

- version with recorders premiered in Basel on 28th May 2011 by Johanna Greulich (soprano), Ulrike Mayer-Spohn (recorders), Paul Hübner (trumpet), Stephen Menotti (trombone), Ellen Fallowfield (cello), Louisa Marxen (percussion), Clemens Hund-Göschel (piano) and Jürg Henneberger (conductor)

TEXT (by PB):
Is every piece of music essentially repetitive?
Or is it simply easier to write music that is iterative one way or another?
What would music of today be like if there were no engraving software out there?
Is re-using other people’s music inferior to inventing your own material?
Is inventing your own material re-using without admitting it?
Do pieces of notated music inherently get crippled when writing music is so laborious?
Could you compose as, for instance, Basquiat painted?
Would you need a computer to do that?
Is sound analysis for composers the same thing as postcards for Sunday painters?
Have you ever realized that the harmonic series is quite ugly?
Have you ever found it in nature?
Does a bell sound better when its sound is made by an orchestra?
Does Gerhard Richter paint on Sundays?
Does a lot of sul ponticello help anything?
And tremolo?
And writing harmonics where there are no harmonics?
If you use lot of breathing sound, will the audience think you are a humanist?
Are imitators always more emotional than inventors?
Is music notes going up and down?
Is working with “sounds” antiquated?
Would have setting Rilke instead worked better?
Are extended playing techniques just ways of upgrading expressionist style?