• Rolf Wallin
  • The Age of Wire and String (2005)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Ensemble Court-Circuit with funding from The French Ministery of Culture and Det Norske Komponistfond.

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  • 15 min

Programme Note

1. Snoring, Accidental Speech
2. Dog, Mode of Heat Transfer in Barking
3. Half-life of Walter in the American Areas
4. Food Storms of the Original Brother
5. The Golden Monica
6. Leg of Brother Who Died Early
7. Food Costumes of Montana
8. Swimming, strictly an Inscription

The Age of Wire and String borrows its title, and also the titles of its movements, from the debut novel by the American author Ben Marcus. This wonderful and highly unusual book describes a world totally different from ours, a world that defies earthly laws of nature, but that still seems to have its own set of laws and logic, consistent, yet ungraspable. While reading the book, I found that this description fits equally well to the abstract world of music, especially modern art music, with its ability to transport our mind to places never visited before.

The Age of Wire and String consists of many small miniatures, some of them very short. The piece was commissioned by Ensemble Court-Circuit.

Programme note © 2005 Rolf Wallin

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The Age of Wire and String; I Snoring, Accidental Speech
The Age of Wire and String; II Dog, Mode of Heat Transfer in Barking
The Age of Wire and String; III Half-Life of Walter in the American Areas
The Age of Wire and String; IV Food Storms of the Original Brother
The Age of Wire and String; V The Golden Monica
The Age of Wire and String; VI Leg of Brother Who Died Early
The Age of Wire and String; VII Food Costumes of Montana
The Age of Wire and String; VIII Swimming, strictly an Inscription

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