The Strange Highway (2011)
For cello octet
Duration 10 minutes
Commissioned by Richard Aaron for the 3rd Amsterdam Cello Biennale
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The Strange Highway for cello octet is my first substantial piece for the cello. The inspiration for this piece comes from the poem above by the Chilean poet, Roberto Bolaño, also the author of the well known novel, 2666.
I was moved by the subtle but potent sense of desolation and vulnerability expressed through the poem’s powerful imagery. My attempt in writing the piece was to capture and recreate these emotions through rhythmic and violent opening and closing sections, that engulf a lyrical, emotionally and dramatically charged middle section that uses dense, contrapuntal melodies and rich harmonies.