Misato Mochizuki (*1969) Boids again
[2vl,va,vc] 2019/2020 duration: 7'
World premiere: Osaka, International Chamber Music Competition, May 20, 2021
Commissioned by Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa Commission
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10th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition and Festa Commission
Two years ago in Rome, I encountered a murmuration of starlings and I was amazed with its overwhelming beauty, changing shape as it moved. Moving of a fish school that you can watch in an aquarium, has the same beauty and the energy. According to the scientists, their fine movement in a flock is based on the following three simple rules:
- steer to avoid crowding local flockmates
- steer towards the average heading of local flockmates
- steer to move towards the average position (center of mass) of local flockmates The word “Boids” refers to bird-like objects (bird-oids), representing the beauty of their movements in a flock which is a result of balancing out with each other, following the principle of least effort.
I wonder if these rules can be applied to the way a string quartet is shaped. “Boids again” has been written as a sequel to the piece “Boids” (2017), a 4 minute study for string quartet in the frame of the Kronos Quartet's educational project “50 for the Future.”