Corazón de Onix Hilda Paredes

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15 mins

Small Ensemble Sextet

1 Flute(=piccolo=alto flute=bass flute), 1 B-flat Clarinet (=Bass Clarinet in B-flat), 1 Piano, 1 Violin, 1 Viola, 1 Violoncello

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flute, clarinet, piano, violin, viola and cello

Programme note

This fifteen-minute piece takes its title, “Heart of Onyx,” from the Onix Ensemble of Mexico, which
commissioned it, but the music refers also to the durability of the stone, which, despite being so hard, lends
itself to being carved into many shapes; in Mexico it is often turned into wind chimes producing wonderful
sounds. The onyx is a stone at once strong and mutable.

Its character is rendered in this work in the contrast of harsh sounds with ideas that are more melodic or
more subtle. The trajectory of the piece unfolds in this direction and evolves through different sections in
which one idea may prevail and develop or be transformed. In this way, small ideas develop into large
sections, an example being the glissando of the strings. Also, ideas may be transformed, as happens when
the fluttertonging of the winds is developed into the staccatissimo or fortissimo clusters of the strings, which
are almost noise but become softer by changing the bow pressure as the glissando section opens. But
mostly, it is the opposition between ideas that creates the drama of the piece. (H. P.)

  • 16 Apr 2018 | 7:30pm |

    Auditorio 400, Museo Nacional de Arte Reina Sofia, Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid


    Grup Instrumental de Valencia, conducted by Joan Cervero

  • 4 Apr 2018 |

    Auditorio 400 of the Museo de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid


    Grup Instrumental de Valencia conducted by Joan Cervero

  • 11 Feb 2014 | 8:00pm |

    Plaza San Nicloas, Bilbao


    Ensemble Kuraia

  • 12 May 2012 | 8:00pm |

    Miller Theatre, Columbia University School of the Arts, USA


    Ensemble Signal with Irvine Arditti (violin) cond. Brad Lubman

  • 27 Oct 2010 |

    Festival Traiettorie, Parma, Italy


    MDI Ensemble of Milan cond. Yoichi Sugiyama

  • 27 Jan 2010 |

    Tonhalle in Dusseldorf


    Ensemble Aventure cond. Robert HP Platz

  • 25 Jan 2010 | 8:15pm |

    Elisabeth Schneider Stiftung, Wilhelmstr. 17a, Dusseldorf


    Ensemble Aventure cond. Robert HP Platz

  • 2 Feb 2008 | 7:30pm |

    Music of the Americas Day, The Lighthouse, Poole



  • 26 Nov 2007 | 7:30pm |

    Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal, Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin


    Ensemble Plural cond. Joan Cervero

  • 20 May 2006 |

    Centro Nacional de Artes, Mexico City


    Onix Ensemble