Featherweight Vera Ivanova

FEATHERWEIGHT (06:30, 2001) was composed for collaborative project between London Contemporary Dance School and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. The title of the piece reflects choreographer’s (Elisabetta d’Aloia) idea of the balance between ‘light’ and ‘heavy’, which helps to define the weight of objects, people, places, relationships…

The visual row operates with images and objects from our childhood, such as ‘light’ beach balls, which in the middle section become ‘heavy’ as stones. And as ‘light’ balls turn to ‘heavy stones’, growing up we meet unexpectable challenges of adult life, get older with our child’s dreams and hopes lost…

The musical idea corresponds to choreography in the following way: to deliver the idea of child’s dreams I returned to my own music composed a few years ago to make a contrast with present (middle section). Thus, first and last sections are based on few last bars of second movement of Sonata for Violin and Piano. The compositional idea is to start playback the piece from the last note adding every next phrase from the previous bar and overlapping these material with transposed last single note. As a result we always hear this last note (F sharp for violin) because musical development of each phrase permanently leads us from and to this note. The idea of musical construction is based on the psychology of memories, on a process of reconstructing the images of past.

Score: electro-acoustic score was created in Logic Audio Gold.

Music instruments: Alto Saxophone and Percussion (Vibraphone and Suspended Cymbal). Percussion player requires a bow

  • Year of composition: 2001
  • Duration of the submitted work: 6:32
  • Production: Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, UK

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