August Strindberg's novella Alone (Ensam), in which old friends meet again after several decades and realize how far apart they have grown over the intervening years, inspired me to compose this small work cycle, which at the same time is part of the larger cycle of the Studies for Winds, op. 29.

Similarly to life always shifting perspectives, one can imagine floating reed islands in moving waters that can be seen from a distance. The islands drift towards one another, seem to meet according to the perspective of the observer, although they only move past each other, and separate again.

 I have tried to translate this living picture into musical islands, in which perspective and change dominate the flowing events. What appear as musically fixed thoughts are presented in isolation, interlaced and separated. It thus becomes clear that it is not only these apparently fixed cells that change but also the environment, the form and the tempo. The dynamics are also subject to continual change.

The cycle so far consists of:

 

Perspectives of Parallel and Contrary Movements I, op. 29 I No. 1
for oboe solo
Duration: 2'30''
World premiere: February 10, 2008, in ASC, by Marian Vasile


Perspectives of Parallel and Contrary Movements II, op. 29 IV H No. 1
for saxophone, trumpet, and 2 trombones
Duration: 3'19''
World premiere: November 13, 2007, in the Vienna Musikverein, within the festival »Wien Modern«, played by the EWC conducted by René Staar


Perspectives of Parallel and Contrary Movements III, op. 29 II C No. 1
for B-flat clarinet and tenor saxophone
Composed in Vienna in 2009
Duration: 1'35''
World premiere: February 9, 2010 in Vienna by Stefan Neubauer and Peter Rohrsdorfer