SYNAULY (2020) ca. 6 min 30 s
for BP-clarinet trio
Synauly, composed in 2020 for BP-clarinet trio, a trio of clarinets designed for being tuned to the Bohlen-Pierce scale, and with a duration of about six and a half minutes, is a three-movement piece wherewithin three distinct harmonic systems are explored. Its title signifies a composition for consort of reed instruments.
‘Ludus Modalis’—or play of mode—is characterized by its dramatic tensionlessness. Self-similarly structured, by its voice leading, this introductory movement marks the birth of a new homophonic technique analogous to a whack-a-mole game.
‘Ludus Tonalis’—or play of key—distinguishes itself by its inherent dramatic tension-release polarity, which evolves through different moods. By so doing, this intermediary movement aims to provide a solution to the long-standing musicological problem of creating dramatic tension via the Bohlen-Pierce scale.
‘Ludus Sonantialis’—or play of sonance—sees its dramatic tension curve fluctuating over the course of a refrain/couplet alternation. Attraction poles are therein defined and hierarchized, by virtue whereof this conclusory movement aims to provide another solution to the musicological problem already treated in the previous movement.