"A Big Lever", which I composed in 1988 for rock-jazz ensemble, includes a part dedicated to Frank Zappa, titled "Hats Off". It is free atonal, it’s in unisono and has wild and acrobatic rhythms.
When I started composing "Spiral" I picked up few motivs from "Hats Off" and worked out a tone row. Title "Spiral" came from a whirlwind-like gesture, which opens this music and has an important role also later on. The acrobatic rhythms of "Hats Off" changed into semi-drunken and sarcastic whims, in which manner "Spiral" rounds a circle, entering time after time into the starting point.
© Pertti Jalava 2002 Instrumentation
cl, vln, vla, vlc Category
Chamber Works Premiere
YLE 1, Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, Asko Heiskanen, clarinet, members of the New Helsinki Quartet, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, final round of the Uussävel Competition, July 26, 2002; Awarded in the Uussävel Competition in 2002. PDF for promotional use
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