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Javier Torres Maldonado - A homage to Haydn.

© 2005, article from the ESZ News magazine, Edizioni Suvini Zerboni - Milano.


The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano has commissioned a new orchestral piece a result of the author’s admiration of the Austrian master.

Tres Invenciones “Haydn” is the title of the new orchestral piece composed by Javier Torres Maldonado. It was commissioned by the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (Sistema Nacional de Creadores) of Mexico and will be premiered by that orchestra, conducted by Ola Rudner on April 13 at the Auditorium in Trento, repeated on April 14 in Bolzano.

First page of the score of Tres Invenciones Haydn.
(Reproduced with the kind permission of the Edizioni Suvini Zerboni - Milano.)

The composer presents the work as follows: “One of the best memories from my school years is surely the discovery of the music of Haydn. When I still lived in Mexico City I spent a lot of time studying his music, especially the last symphonies and quartets, and that is how my admiration started for his infinite fantasy, the economy of means, the surprises. Therefore when Gustav Kuhn asked me to write a new work inspired by the second movement of Symphony nr. 100, nicknamed “The Military”, I enthusiastically accepted.

The Tres Invenciones are actually three personal visions of brief, quite specific, moments of this work. In the first one, the harmonic and rhythmic material, and the relation of density were derived from the sum of two very short samples from the spectra of two different semi phrases, with a different orchestration, but complementary as to the themes. I used the computer to realise this: The technique I use is similar to general cross-synthesis, with the particularity that the synthesis in this case does not alter the different parameters of the audio samples. Subsequently I transcribed the result in traditional notation obtaining a new and very interesting object, full of “changes of lighting”. So the first invention is marked by the initial transcription of these changes, and by different processes meant to generate their transformation, always regarding the reflection of light.

In the second invention I used a more traditional compositional technique: I extrapolated all the appoggiaturas that appear as acciaccaturas in the score and then I take them through a process of growth and chromatic filling in, in combination with melodic fragments derived directly from Haydn’s melodic material, present in all three Inventions.

In the third invention, the melodic elements Haydn exposes in the middle of the movement in a minor key, are stacked up vertically to generate again reflections of light, but in an opposite manner to the first variation, since they are static and do not undergo any transformation except the one consisting in summing up the complementary pitches, chromatically speaking”.

© 2005, article from the ESZ News magazine, Edizioni Suvini Zerboni - Milano.

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TRES INVENCIONES “HAYDN” (2005) for orchestra ( 10’ )
( - 2..2.0.0. - 3 Perc. [2 Tp. - 2 Ps. - Gc. - 2 Tot. - Bg. - Congas - Fr. - Trg. - Cp. - Glock. - Xylo. - Vibr. - Mr. - Tt. - G.] - A.:
Work commissioned by the "Haydn" Symphony Orchestra and the
National Endowment for Culture and Arts of Mexico.
Auditorium of Trento (Italy), 13.4.2005 - Haydn Symphony Orchestra , cond. O. Rudner.
Score published by the Edizioni Suvini Zerboni - Milano.