fl. (picc., altfl.) , ob. (Eng. horn, windimitation), 2cl., bcl., tuba, double bass, bassdrum, accordion
Klangforum Wien, Cond: Peter Eötvös
Péter Eötvös spent half a year in Japan in 1970, where he performed as a member of the Karlheinz Stockhausen ensemble in the German pavilion of the Osaka World’s Fair.
His encounter with Japanese culture, but especially Zen Buddhism, had a great impact on him. The basic idea of the “Sequences of the Wind” relies upon one of the paradox of Zen: calmness in movement and movement in calmness. The sound was inspired by the Japanese landscape and Japanese gardens (the sounds of rain, wind, stones, and the rustle of bamboo).
This is the third version of the piece (the first two versions, written in 1975 and 1989, were withdrawn by the author). The piece in its current state consists of eight parts.
Many elements of modern flute playing appear in it. The soloist alternates between four different instruments (beside the traditional flute, a flute tuned a quarter tone lower, an alto flute tuned a quarter tone lower, and a piccolo).
The “wind imitation” produced by the oboe player without an instrument, simply with his mouth, has a strange and unusual effect.