... can modify completely/ in this case/ not that it will make any difference ...

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... can modify completely/ in this case/ not that it will make any difference ...

Written for Aart Strootman and the Danish National Chamber Orchestra under conductor Henrik Vagn Christensen.

Published by Edition Wilhelm Hansen, Music Sales Classical.

The world premiere for Juliana Hodkinson’s brand new concerto for electric guitar, CAN MODIFY COMPLETELY / IN THIS CASE / NOT THAT IT WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE ... took place on November 27th 2015, and marked the presentation of the biannual Carl Nielsen og Anne Marie Carl-Nielsen honorary prize. In 2016, Westdeutscher Rundfunk commissioned an extension to the work, which was first performed in the new version at Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, with Aart Strootman and the WDR Symphony Orchestra under Emilio Pomàrico on 24th April 2016.

As in much of Juliana Hodkinson’s music, the piece explores the traditional limits of music: everything, including the electric guitar, is being constantly modified. ”The strings of the solo electric guitar are re-rigged and massively detuned and re-tuned, to achieve an extremely noisy and low bass register, as well as to create meandering microtonal bends and slides. The music, and even the instruments, are under modification the whole time”, the composer writes. Embedded in the score are news headlines from the months when the composer was working on the piece, sonified in the music according to Morse code or converted through other compositional devices. These initiatives “attempt to create a relation between current events, their representations in media and communications, and the material aspects of a musical work”, or rather assumes such relations while acknowledging that they are hard to discern. The title comes from Hodkinson & Troup’s chamber opera, TURBULENCE, where the words are spoken by a pilot at the end of the opera.

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CAN MODIFY COMPLETELY / IN THIS CASE / NOT THAT IT WILL MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE ... has been broadcast on Danmarks Radio P2, BBC Radio 3, Swiss SRF 2 Kultur, DeutschlandRadio Kultur, WDR3 and Icelandic Rás 1.

REVIEWS:

"Ganz besondere Aufmerksamkeit fand eine Auftragskomposition des WDR an die junge britische Komponistin Juliana Hodkinson. Mit ihrem Konzert für E-Gitarre und Kammerorchester hat sie sich vielleicht am weitesten in zukünftige Tonsprachen vorgewagt. Das von Aart Strootman virtuos gespielte Soloinstrument ist eine achtsaitige E-Gitarre, die durch einen besonderen Mechanismus ständig umgestimmt werden kann. Dadurch entstanden bisher nie gehörte Klangfarben. Eingeblendete Morsezeichen und Nachrichtenfetzen schilderten unsere Welt in ihrer ganzen Hektik und Nachrichtenschwemme. Das Werk erschöpfte sich in sich selbst. Am Schluss verbreitete eine klagende Leere grauenhafte Endzeitstimmung. Es gab besonders viel Zwischenbeifall." - Der Westen

"In Hodkinsons …can modify completely / in this case / not that it will make any difference... ergeht sich Aart Strootmans verstimmte E-Gitarre in jaulenden und kreischenden Bendings und Slides, die vom Orchester aufgegriffen und zusätzlich von aktuellen Nachrichteneinsprengseln unterlegt werden – eine packende ... Mixtur." - NRW Kulturserver Forum

Year: 
2015
Duration: 
12 minutes
with electronics