© Esther Cantera
© Esther Cantera

Alberto Posadas — Poética del espacio

[The Poetics of Space]


Does space have a poetic dimension itself, or is it created by the experience of that space? In The Poetics of Space (1957) [Gaston] Bachelard rather than answering these questions prowls around them. The poetic image gives space the property of experience in time. It is not its external magnitude that gives it meaning but rather the fact of inhabiting and experiencing it.

How is space inhabited in a listening process? By the location and positioning of the sonic source? The medium for transmitting the sound? Does it generate new poetic and perceptive relations?

How can space act as driver of a sonic process in time? How can it articulate the musical material and its deployment in time, the distribution of the acoustic space (frequency range), the instrumental density or the speed at which the sound moves?
All these questions around which to prowl, with Bachelard’s book in mind from the outset, are the point of departure for this cycle of ensemble works, the third of which will be premiered at the Acht Brücken Festival in Cologne.

This concertante work for saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone and ensemble, modifies the internal space of the solo instruments using instrumental hybridisation processes. The poetic dimension of space is impregnated with the microscopic and mutant world created by such hybridisation and the diverse sonic resources emanating from it. These in turn are expanded spatially by the instruments in the ensemble.

This third work from the cycle, focused more on the internal magnitude of the instrumental space, provides a counterpoint to those preceding it whose dramaturgy are shaped by the spatial movement of the sound and performers.
—Alberto Posadas, 2018

 in Werke
1 May 2019
Köln, Kölner Philharmonie Acht Brücken Festival Poética del espacio UA UA

Alberto Posadas — Poética del espacio World premiere
Georg Friedrich Haas — new piece World premiere
Georges Aperghis — Contretemps

Donatienne Michel-Dansac, soprano
Gerald Preinfalk, saxophone
Christoph Walder, horn
Anders Nyqvist, trumpet
Mikael Rudolfsson, trombone
conductor: Sylvain Cambreling

The composer Alberto Posadas on his new piece:
Alberto Posadas — Poética del espacio

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