Martin Smolka (*1959) Octet
[ens] 2001 Duration: 20'
World première: Vienna, Konzerthaus, February 20, 2001
What does it mean that the silent, soothing motif is coming back again and again? When the music becomes mad and runs far away (in the great unison), even there the entry motif waits calmly.
lt may mean home. lt may mean the word "home" as Ivan Wernisch worked with it in one of his early poems: he surprisingly devided the word dom? l (pujdeme dom? = let us go home ) into do (= to) and m? ( it has no meaning, but in the given context its long ? -sounds "oo"-, which must be pronounced with lips pouted out as if to childisch kiss, suggests a feeling of home as a place of tenderness, warmth and velvet shelterness as well as being soothed.
And what about that outcries of mis-tuned wind's triads and that drall creaks of strings'? And what about that crying "big" unisons? Aren't all these bustles just creating the chance to get back to "m?"' again and again?
I was asked to write a piece for a Schubertian instrumental constellation: for octet. Of course I took a challenge to be early-romantic also in other sense, to provide a self-reflection, singing an instrumental song about my painful inner landscape.