Fireball (2020)

Instrumentation: Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Percussion, E-Guitar, Keyboard, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double bass

Duration: 9'30''

Commissioned by Janus Ensemble for Beethoven Pocket Orchestra in Kulturhaus Sargfabrik, Vienna

Fireball is inspired by Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. The 1st gesture of the 3rd movement is a broken chord that rolls upwards and explodes into two sharp blocks of sound. This energy left me with an impression of a fireball.

The first part of the piece explores the image I had in mind on two levels. At the first level, a small fireball repeatedly soars into the sky and explodes, each time with increased energy. At the second level, all these repetitions form a single journey of one huge fireball. Its explosion leads us into the second part of the piece - a rave of fireworks. In the third part, a new and different power takes over – is it the moonlight?

Designed for Janus Ensemble, Fireball deals with restrained improvisation, patience, colors and energy.

Janus Ensemble

Conductor - Christoph Cech