Label: Discreet Editions
フランスの女性コンポーザーClara de Asísと共演した美しい干渉持続音作[Repetition Of The Same Dream]にて、2020年8月にAnother Timbreよりデビューした女性フルート奏者のMara Winter。新興レーベルDiscreet Editionsよりリリースされた初のソロ名義音源[Rise, Follow]。個人名義となっていますがもう一人のプレイヤーJohanna Bartzとのフルートデュオ録音となっており、1時間を微妙な持続的変化で聞かせる、16世紀〜17世紀にかけて主にヨーロッパで行われていた器楽アンサンブル"コンソート"のスタイルを取り入れた美しい長編。[Repetition Of...]がハマった方ならこちらも必ずハマります。
Rise, follow is a dialogue of long tones played by two bass Renaissance flutes, featuring subtle but persistent changes over the duration of one hour. It is performed in one sitting without interruption.
The composition adopts the principle of instrumental ‘consort-style’ playing in Europe during the 16th century: a family of similarly pitched and constructed instruments performing polyphonic music together in a small ensemble. The transverse flute was often utilized in the Renaissance era as a type of consort instrument, since it was appreciated for its two-and-a-half octave range, its ability to blend into a group of instruments, and especially for its uncanny similarity to the timbre of the human voice and the articulation of spoken languages. In Rise, follow, the ‘consort’ approach is distilled into a study of complex harmonic interaction between two nearly identical, historically conceived bass flutes. In the absence of stylistic polyphonic language typical of the 16th century, the resonance generated between the two instruments is prioritized as a dialect in itself. The piece is structured by evenly spaced arrival points on so-called “pure” intervals which occur at specific time indications, only leaving the methods of movement between these essential intervals open to interpretation by the performers.
While Rise, follow attempts to create a gradient atmosphere for the listener, veiled beneath the wash of sound lies the substantial undertaking of physical endurance by both performers. Bartz and Winter cling to the sound of their instruments, quietly struggling beneath the weight of gigantic flutes, battling with fingers unintentionally locked in place, and occasionally singing notes as substitution for collapsing embouchures. All of these bodily limitations are at once incorporated into the performance of the piece, while simultaneously uplifting an overall sonic impression which is otherworldly. Rise, follow is not only a composition of harmonic contrasts and careful interaction of resonance, but it is also a demonstration of the vast difference between the performative affect which is perceived by the listener and what is lived internally by the performers and transmuted into the final veneer.