The risibly random ramblings of an apanthropic hemegomisian hadeharian polymathetischian technophilic tonopoeic transhumanist logolept.


Sunday, December 14, 2003

A score in G minor, which Schubart (Ideen zu einer Aesthetik der Tonkunst, 1806) claimed to represent "[d]iscontent, uneasiness" among other things, and which in Bach’s system seemed to represent generalized pathos. Don’t know that this piece reflects that so much (if any piece in equal temperament reflects historical modes and their significance, for that matter), but the mood is somewhat somber, the music sparse. It takes inspiration from Pärt’s style in “Für Alina,” and like that piece it's for solo piano, but whereas his score, as usual in the case of tintinnabuli, focuses on only one chord and a single mode over that (B minor, and B æolian in that particular piece), "Cold" works its way across a particular set of chords in its key.

This work can be heard here.

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