Radix

by Jarkko Hartikainen

A Brass Quintet

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Jarkko Hartikainen

Radix

Music Finland

Description

Radix

(lat. ‘root’, the number of unique digits in a positional numeral system, ie. ‘base’)

Quite early in the composition process of my brass quintet Radix (2013), it became clear that the brass instruments have many interesting possibilities hidden inside them. With the help of several broad-minded brass players in my geographically most immediate circle of musicians, we investigated the possibilities by starting truly from the root of the matter: air, tubes, vibrations. Later: combining, applying, repositioning.

Radix was commissioned by the remarkable Ensemble Schwerpunkt (Switzerland), with funds provided by Madetoja Foundation (Madetoja-säätiö) and Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (Svenska kulturfonden). It is dedicated to the members of Ensemble Schwerpunkt: Janne Jakobsson (né Ahonen), Matthew Brown, Cecilie Hoel, Mikael Rudolfsson, and Matthew Sadler.

Jarkko Hartikainen


Instrumentation

hn, 2trp, trb, tba


Category

Chamber Works


Premiere

5 November 2013, Helsinki


Commisioned by / dedications

Commissioned by Ensemble Schwerpunkt, with funds provided by Madetoja Foundation (Madetoja-säätiö) and Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (Svenska kulturfonden).


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