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Poul Ruders

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Event Horizon, Etude no. I (2001)
Work Notes
A study piano solo for Jay Gottliab. Commande du festival Octobre en Normandie.
Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
5 Minutes
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Poul Ruders Event Horizon, Etude no. I (2001)
The name Event Horizon was coined by the brilliant British physicist Stephen Hawking to describe the circumference of a so-called "black hole", the remains of a collapsed star with a gravity-pull so powerful, so that not even light can escape from it.

This 5-minute study for piano has - needles to say - nothing to do with black holes, but the term "event horizon" fascinates med and strikes me as near-perfect description of virtually any stretch of organized sound evolving in time, e.g. a musical composition with a strong linear focus.

So - "Event Horizon" it is, as seamless composition of high density, evolving in three parts: swingning-ricocheting-sweeping, a musical journey of speed, from fast to furiously fast, a study based on a high economical compositional material constantly renewing itself, the hands running parallel, separating, meeting again. The discreetest use of pedaling is advised ...

- Poul Ruders May 2001

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