Clouds (Torre, Salvador)




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SalvaTorré (2014/12/24)

Performers The London Schubert Players
Publisher Info. Salvador Torré
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SalvaTorré (2014/12/23)

Publisher. Info. Salvador Torré
Misc. Notes independent movements can be performed, but it is recommended to play the complete work
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Work Title Clouds (homage to Messiaen)
Alternative. Title Clouds for clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano
Composer Torre, Salvador
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 7 parts (continuous)
Introduction: cumulus 1
I. Infinity Drops
II. Limited Transposition Cloud
Transition: cumulus 2
III. Brownian Cloud
IV. Gershwin Tornado
V. Debussy Claude
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 2009
First Performance. 2009
Dedication To Olivier Messiaen
Average DurationAvg. Duration 23 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello and Piano

Misc. Comments

CLOUDS (Homage to Messiaen) for clarinet, violin, cello and piano. The London Schubert Players launch a Call for Works in 2009 on Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps" inspires contemporary composers. Salvador Torré wins the first price of this call, almost he wins The Constantin Silvestri's Composition Prize in Romania. 2010. Recorded in CD.: LSP Trust Registered Charity No. 1000053 The Romanian Musical Adventure Company.

This piece is just a simple and respectful homage to Olivier Messiaen without attempting in any way to match it. It's just a humble brushwork referring to one of his greatest works, the "Quartet for the End of Time" in which are used some of the techniques employed in that quartet by Messiaen, mainly modes of limited transposition. Evoking the clouds, I cannot stop thinking about gas particle behaviour inside; musically it's easy to associate a certain minimalism. As rhythms, movements are micro rhythms particles due to the collision between the joints of instruments, each one with its independent rhythmic group. Furthermore, the intervallic movement of notes also evokes behaviour of the particles in space within a gas, water vapour or tiny drops in clouds forming. Also the Brownian movements are applied to define the amount of chaos of random processes, directing them in tendency curves, thus providing paths of controlled chaos. All this trying to get closer to the dream of Debussy and Messiaen...! To evoke the processes of nature.