Ma fin est mon commencement

Ma fin est mon commencement

Ma fin est mon commencement (2011)

Piano solo

Premiered and recorded by Abnáder Domingues

Duration: 3’.12”

“Ma fin est mon commencement” is inspired by homonymous piece by Guillaume de Machaut (Reims, France, ca. 1300 – 1377). The original Machaut’s composition is a conventional rondeau with its ABaAabAB structure, but my composition only gets the essence of its poetry, the idea of a never ending circularity: ‘ma fin est mon commencement et mon commencement ma fin’ (My end is my beginning and my beginning is my end). This feeling links directly to the image of an “ouroboros”. The ouroboros(Greek: οροβόρος) is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or a dragon eating its own tail. Originating in Ancient Egyptian iconography, the ouroboros entered western tradition via Greek magical tradition and was adopted as a symbol in Gnosticism, Hermeticism and in alchemy.

Via medieval alchemical tradition, the symbol entered Renaissance, often taken to symbolize introspection, the eternal return or cyclicality, especially in the sense of something constantly re-creating itself. The musical accompaniment in my composition works as a ‘passacaglia’ – a ‘perpetuum mobile’, whereas the main theme repeats itself, but expanding or contracting itself in each repetition.

Engraving by Lucas Jennis, in the 1625 alchemical tract De Lapide Philosophico

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