• Poul Ruders
  • Event Horizon, Etude no. I (2001)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)

A study piano solo for Jay Gottliab.
Commissioned by the Festival Octobre in Normandie, France.

  • pf
  • 5 min

Programme Note

The name Event Horizon was coined by the brilliant British physicist Stephen Hawking to describe the circumference of a so-called "black hole", the remains of a collapsed star with a gravity-pull so powerful, so that not even light can escape from it.

This 5-minute study for piano has - needles to say - nothing to do with black holes, but the term "event horizon" fascinates med and strikes me as near-perfect description of virtually any stretch of organized sound evolving in time, e.g. a musical composition with a strong linear focus.

So - "Event Horizon" it is, as seamless composition of high density, evolving in three parts: swingning-ricocheting-sweeping, a musical journey of speed, from fast to furiously fast, a study based on a high economical compositional material constantly renewing itself, the hands running parallel, separating, meeting again. The discreetest use of pedaling is advised ...

- Poul Ruders May 2001