11 Paineis de Palavras Soltas


11 Paineis de Palavras Soltas


11 Paineis de Palavras Soltas (2012)
Solo Piano

Premiered and recorded by Wagner Sander Delmondes – Belo Horizonte, 2012
Duration: 20’.13”

11 canvas for “Palavras Soltas”(roughly translated as ‘loose words’) is a multimedia work by Portuguese polymath artist Leonor Alvim and Brazilian composer Antonio Celso Ribeiro blending together, images, poetry and music. The canvases (“Fabric-collage”) are made from fabric: Leonor selects the fabrics according to its texture, color and ability to reflect light. The color of a composition is chosen for its light where an image will be constructed from it. Leonor names it “timbre of light” and can portrait a theme that can be symbolic or only representative of an ordinary theme.

Or abstractly a new interpretation of another theme, for example, in poetry. The raw material for the musical composition was made through an extensive elaboration of the main colors used in each canvas and their correspondent musical notes (pitches) according to scholars in the Middle Ages. The composition feeling was obtained through the image (pareidolia) or symbolic meaning of each canvas:

1 – Taj Mahal – Sentimento (Taj Mahal – Sentiment)


Colors/Pitches:
blue: G – G# – C – D#; deep blue: A#; dark blue: F# – A; violet: E – B; bluey green: C#; golden green: F – E; yellow: G; purple: D.

Impressions:
Sadness, funeral, vaults, marble, arabesques (ornaments), past, tradition, someone playing a sitar from far away.

2 – Mar 2 - Sem Palavras (Sea 2 - Wordless/Without Words)


Colors/Pitches:
black: B; yellow: E; greenish yellow: F – C; whitish yellow: A#; golden green: E; olive green: D#; bluey green: F#; aquamarine: F – D; orange red: C# – D – A#; crimson: G# – C#; purple: D – A – G# – B; deep blue: A#; blue: G – C- G# – D#; bright blue: F#; sea blue: A; indigo: A – B – G# – E.

Impressions:
It portrays the bottom of the sea with fish, stingrays and jellyfish. The composition evokes a kind of ballet of jellyfish and other animals, resulting in a simple, melodious song with some affectation, with rhythmic patterns suggesting the impulse that the jellyfish do for swimming.

3 – E a minha pele é a Terra! (And my skin is the Earth!)


Colors/Pitches:
brown: A#; black: B; dark red: F – C; scarlat: C#; crimson: G# – C#; olive green: D#; brigh blue: F#; orange: D – F – F# – B – A – D#; yellow orange: D# – F.

Impressions:
Beginning of something, steps, season, feeling, affirmation, denial, end of something.

4 – Douro 1 (River Douro 1)


Colors/Pitches:
brown: A#; orange red: C# – A# – D; red: C# – B – G; crimson: G# – C#; scarlat: C#; orange: D – F# – F; yellow: E – G – D – B; orange yellow: F – D#; whitish yellow: A#; green: F# – C#; olive green: D#.

Impressions:
The mood of this piece translates an idea of ‘end of cycle’, “expressive like a sunset” – calm, passage, end of a step, end of a day … sweetness. It’s delicate and full of resonances.

5 – Douro 2  (River Douro 2)


Colors/Pitches:
brown: A#; black: B; crimson: G# – C#; yellow orange: D# – F; orange: D – F – F# – B – A – D#; olive green: D#; bright blue: F#.

Impressions:
This piece brings some Mozarabic elements and the melancholy of the song of the boatmen on their rabelos (a type of boat used on the river Douro for transporting wine).

6 – Ocaso (Sunset)


Colors/Pitches:
brown: A#; golden brown: G; orange: D – D#; pinky orange: F – F#; red: G – G# – B; ; metallic grey: D#; bluey grey: D#; violet: A – A# – F – B; carmine: C.

Impressions:
Sunset, end of the day, calm, meditation.

7 – Luz & Sombra [preto e vermelho] (Light & Shadow [black and red])


Colors/Pitches:
blue: G; bright blue: F#; red: C – E – A; black: B; beige: F# – D.

Impressions:
Boat seen in the distance; calm; melancholy; quick reflexes in the water, now calm, sometimes violent; bells of buoys; day starting; day ending.

8 – Mar 1 - Golfinhos vestidos de azul (Sea 1 - Little Dolphins  covered in blue)


Colors/Pitches:
greenish blue: F# – G; azul: C – G; aquamarine: D; carmine: C; violet: B – A; purple: D – A; indigo: E.

Impressions:
Two innocent dolphins playing in the sea.

9 – Garoa (Drizzle)


Colors/Pitches:
green: F – F# – B – A; bluey green: G – D; olive green: D#; greenish blue: G#; metallic grey: A#; greenish yellow: C.

Impressions:
Mystery, sounds in the distance, longing, suspension, expectations …

10 – Torno à velha casa donde parti (I’m back to the old house once I left)


Colors/Pitches:
blue: F# – D – G – G#; green: F – C#; red: G#; orange: D#; black: B; violet: A#.

Impressions:
Serenity, maturity, time in motion, memories, past, haughtiness …

11 – Amanhecer (Dawn)


Colors/Pitches:
deep blue: A# – D#; turquoise: G; bright blue: F# – C#; violet: F; cyclamen/magenta: D – F# – G; lilac: D – A – G#; pink: G – C.

Impressions:
Dawn; ritual; procession; gods; worship.

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