Two Mechanical Birds and a Melancholic Cage


Two Mechanical Birds and a Melancholic Cage


Two Mechanical Birds and a Melancholic Cage (2008)

fl, pic, ob, cl, mandolin, gtr, p-no, vln, vla, vlc, db,perc

Duration: 8’.34”

I – the mechanical hawk

II – the mechanical crow

III – the melancholic cage

Written for and premiered by Nieuw Ensemble from Amsterdam, conducted by Celso Antunes. This piece was awarded at 1st BAM-Dialogue – Amsterdam, 2009. The work was created bearing in mind the traditional Chinese mechanical birds. Rather than being a programmatic piece of music, Two Mechanical Birds and a Melancholic Cage brings to the listener the feelings provoked by those charming automata, suggesting the movements of gears, chirpings and a kind of poetic strangeness. To the composer, each one of the sections brings a feeling of hopelessness and solitude.

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