Liquid Symmetries


by Francisco Coll

chamber ensemble of 15 players
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
1.1.1.bcl.0 – 1.1(in C).1.0 - perc(2): xyl/glsp/2 crot (F&G)/splash.cym/siz.cym/chin.cym/medium susp.cym/small cyms/very high tins (large and small)/kitchen pot (low sound – F)/Cajon (flamenco)/Wood box (mounted on a resonant, small wooden table)/glass bottle and hammer/tabla/bongos/3 taiko drums (very small, small, large)/TD/BD - pno - 2 vln.vla.vlc.db

Commissioned by Centro Nacional de Difusión Musical

First Performance
3.3.2014, Auditorio 400 del Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid: Grupo Modus Novus/Santiago Serrate

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Programme Notes

The Polish sociologist, philosopher and essayist Zygmunt Bauman coined the concept of ‘liquid modernity’ to describe the fluid and volatile state of today’s society, a world without strong values in which uncertainty weakens the human bonds that were hitherto believed to be firm. In his Liquid Symmetries (2013) Francisco Coll has developed a sound language based upon a principle of permanent uncertainty. Through a succession of truncated beginnings and endings – a constant process of composition, decomposition and recomposition – the work takes on a ‘liquid’ structure, in which everything changes. Brief imitative figures and isorhythmic passages shape the score into a virtuosic continuum. The resultant music does not evoke the ‘individuals’ speaking through instruments – not voices conversing with one another in counterpoint: it is instead an indistinct mass, akin to faceless machinery, which liquefies the contours of things and, ultimately annuls the differences between them.

Antonio Gómez

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