Description: Last October while thinking about a composition I was to realize in the Columbia-Princeton Studio I spent a lot of time in my room listening to distant noises coming in through a half-open window. It was a seemingly disordered mixture of the street hubbub, signals of the river ships, and the distant thunder of planes. After some time I had an impression of all these noises being alive and perhaps even conscious of their existence; it seemed as it they wanted to speak. United into one whole and yet confined only to themselves they created a lonely choir. I wanted to express this feeling in my new composition. Solitude of Sounds does possess a certain plot. In the first phase, the homogeneous sound material exists only at the lowest register, as if unable to "free" itself from the area of darkness and uncertainty. Later, in the higher register, there appear sounds complexes of harmonic structure. They form a kind of a "choir" of aliquots, mutually penetrating and "singing through" one another. However, they are not allowed to create any new quality due to their restricted nature. Circling and persisting, they remain forever imprisoned in their own imperfection. I would like to make it clear that the above comments should be treated only as an expression of a certain consideration on the origins of the piece but in no case as an attempt to reveal some literal dependencies between the inspiration — a definite sound situation — and the piece itself. This situation served only as an impulse to create a certain imaginative space filled with independent sound material governed by its own rules. Perhaps the reason for writing this commentary was a desire to explain my own dislike for music which very distinctly organizes the space by introducing an element ...
Creator: Sikorski, Tomasz, 1939-1988
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Partner: UNT Music Library