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The laboratory of vinko globokar

So in brief. Laboratorium is a work that I began composing in 1973, and I finished it in 84, so it took 11 years. But I already defined the problem in 73, that is, the task I set myself. I decided to solve 55 different problems. So 55 pieces. There are 10 musicians and so there is one piece for 10 musicians, 2 pieces for 9 musicians, 3 for 8, 4 for 7 etc. and 10 solo pieces, like a pyramid. There are 10 musicians who are not fixed as instruments, is only fixed as a family, so there is a high string, a low string, a double reed instrument, a single reed instrument, a high brass, a low brass instrument, a harp, a piano, a percussionist who has immovable instruments and percussionist who has movable instruments, that is, instruments that you take in your hand. The compositional material is based on only one row for all 55 pieces, which means that each piece can be considered equal to another, and, if the space allows it, different pieces can be played at the same time. Means that one piece can be an accompaniment to another as a side piece and so on. Is the same for the rhythmic cells, there are 8 rhythmic cells that are valid for all pieces. The form is done differently each time, you can do the form if you only have one stage, then of course the form is linear, piece by piece, but if you have several stages in the room, then of course you can overlay pieces and thereby do a more complex form. If you play linearly, the whole thing comes to about 4 hours and a half. (Vinko Globokar, 1999)

Cast & Crew

Uli Aumüller
Original Score
Vinko Globokar