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Sgraffito for Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Percussion, Piano, Violin and Double Bass: (2017)
Sgraffito is a music grotesque for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, bass, piano and percussion lasting approximately 11 minutes. "Sgraffito" means to scratch, and is a painting technique used since the ancient times to create ornaments in contrast with the ground color. It is done by applying two successive layers of glaze with different colors onto an unfired ceramic body, and then the top layer is scratched to reveal parts of the layer under. I translated this process in music terms by using scratching sounds and extended glissandos in grotesque manner throughout the piece. Just like the layered glazing on the pottery, the harmonic base of the piece is organized in two different scales: one more realistic based on pure consonance harmonies and the other more abstract and dissonance harmonies. The whole piece moves gradually from pitched music into noises. This piece is dedicated to composer Moon Young Ha and the Mise-en Ensemble, who commissioned this piece for the COLA Project.
First performance: Mise-En, 05.26.2017, Brooklyn, NY