Bernhard Lang
Monadology III: Lamentatio/metamorphosis

Monadology III is third in a new series of pieces developed from the preceding 'Difference-Repetition'-cycle, now comprising some thirty pieces and three music theater works.

It is based on the concept of musical cellular processings, derived from the philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz and Gilles Deleuze.
The term cellular is being applied both on the singular musical event, the atom of sound, and the structures built upon them. These macro structures constitute discrete loop-states, which are being differentiated all through the piece.
The individual cells are being organized in a grid which has been derived from the concept of cellular automata, a model in computer science used to simulate diverse kinds of growth and artificial life-forms. I did use cellular automata before in Difference/Repetition #9, Difference/Repetition #12 and in The Stars of Hunger, and, certainly in Monadology I.
The textures resulting there from are highly complex and demand a lot from the orchestra, producing an always shifting, sometimes chaotic flow, which always is following strictly determined rules of change.
The organization of time is, as said before, based on differentiated loops, granular processes dominating the most of them.
Dramaturgically Monadology III is a sequence of monadic blocks, communicating like separate clockworks moving inside the same timestream. Their connection is a simple vertical cinematic cut through the whole texture.

In Monadology III there is a definite preference of vertical order, being inspired mainly by the experimental film of Austrian experimental director Martin Arnold.

The piece, originally written for Dresden Staatskapelle, takes a close reference to the cities history, impressions of the composer walking through the autumnal city during the early hours, passing by excavations in the Old City.
The piece comprises following sections:
1 introduction
2 vision of the burning city
3 transition I
4 clockworks
5 bonds…
6 transition 2
7 nightmare

Mondology strongly refers to Richard Strauß’ Metamorphosen, the identical line up not being the only point of reference.

Bernhard Lang 2009


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