In Memoriam is a work of remembrance and homage, but also a work of sorrow and grief. The war in Yugoslavia has touched all of us very deeply. This huge tension, resulting from pain, rejection and death is expressed with the dramatically contrasting elements of the piece. The omnipresence of a four-note motif in the piece confers the music the reiteration needed to communicate such a dramatic feeling. The image closer to this concept is the duty of paid mourners in the ancient Greece, who cried during all the funerals. The dichotomy tension-distension is created in several ways, using all the parameters of sound: rhythm (duration), pitch and harmony, intensity (dynamics) and timbre.
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Carnegie Mellon Philharmonic; Efrain Amaya, conductor; Carnegie Music Hall, Pittsburgh, PA on April 7, 2000