Edition Ricordi München – performing material on hire (Sy 3212)
2.2.2 (bcl).2./18.104.22.168./2 perc./electr. piano/22.214.171.124.1
As a composer, Peter Eötvös wanted to give a solo percussionist the opportunity to find his own voice and to show off with his technical skills, musical experience, his imagination in sound and rhythm. What a composer can offer a solo percussionist is often very limited compared to what soloists themselves are able give themselves. The composer only creates the basic framework of the piece, the big picture and allows the soloist to move freely within its constraints. The piece does not consist merely of improvisation though; the pre-composed and improvised materials are treated equally.
The soloist works with four groups of instruments:
– 8 woodwinds,
– 6 brass instruments + tuba
– 9 strings
– a small background group with a keyboard and two modestly set up percussion instruments (+ tuba).
The soloist and the four instrumental groups are in mutual interaction with each other: the soloist plays a tune, the groups follow and respond in the own ways; then the soloist has to integrate the musicians’ reactions back into his music. The constant obligation to listen is a typical feature of Triangel; a communication comes to a life – as we know it from African folk music -, in which the musician interacts with the “people”. Only the movement “Semi-final” prescribes accurately what the soloist has to do.
The piece consists of different movements; each movement has its own individual character, which is emphasised by characteristic lighting effects.