Slowly... in mist (2012) by Josep Maria Guix
Live recording from Fundació Tàpies by Triarquía Trío.
Score available at: amazon.es/Slowly-mist-Josep-Guix-Aguilar/dp/B00VG2PZ4C/276-5651043-2707930?ie=UTF8&*Version*=1&*entries*=0
the lake is slowly
lost in mist…
from evening mist
of life passing
in morning mist
a frenzy of drops
from the tree
The haiku captures the beauty of the moment, uniting image and feeling to describe what we see, subtly trapping the essence of the world. Of necessity it must be brief, as it conveys truth concentrated to the highest degree. The poems by Issa Kobayashi (1763-1828) written above, are the starting point for this music, similarly brief, refined and evocative.
A linking device gives unity to the whole: the mist. A mist whose presence in the composition blurs melodic contours, diffuses harmonies, modulates colours, crushes the rhythm. The sound emerges from out of the mist and the mist submerges itself within the sound, and within our thoughts.
In the work, each poem alludes to one movement. The peaceful introduction evokes nocturne and is charged with spirituality: time stands still. The bell awakens random reminiscences, rewinds lived-through moments. With the morning the freshness returns, the present, the pleasure of the game, a fleeting scherzo.