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Lukawski, Adam

Adam Łukawski was born in Suwałki, Poland on 5th of February 1997. His family moved to Warsaw when he was 7 and there began his music education. Education: In 2010 Łukawski ...

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Xing : for 2 conductors and ensemble / Adam Łukawski

Publisher's number: 19913
Genre: Orchestra
Subgenre: Large ensemble (12 or more players)
Instruments: fl/picc ob cl/cl-b fg 2h 2tpt trb tb 4perc hp acc 2vn vla vc db
Remarks: Commissioned by Composers’ Festival Amsterdam. Premiere: 9.05.2019, The Score Collective Ensemble, conducted by Bas van Yperen and Ben Weishaupt.
Duration: 17'00"
Number of players: 21
Year of composition: 2019
Status: fully digitized (real-time delivery)

Description:
In Chinese philosophy, before the beginning of matter, there is just nothingness - such emptiness that for a human being it is not possible to imagine it. From emptiness, borders are created (Xing) to make a form for a perceivable emptiness (Wu). Some of the other meanings of Xing are: "new beginning", "to wake up", "to conduct".
The form of the piece was inspired by the physical string theory in which collisions of gigantic string-shaped structures give birth to the new universes operating with different dimensions and physical rules. In the piece, conductors deciding tempi of separate structures causes their meetings and beginnings of new small soundscapes.
The concept of an idea of connecting different elements to create something new in a secular ritual of logic and rhetoric reminds me of the one from the last novel by Hermann Hesse - The Glass Bead Game. As this concept is very important to me, I decided to translate his poem with the same title into the rhythmical code and further incorporate it into the musical structure as a symbol in the last 90 seconds of music.
Adam Łukawski

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