"[...] Several items are
especially memorable: [...], Stefan Pohlit's 'Guręz'
(the single original work for recorder consort) and the Brahms,
sounding extraordinarily rich and mysterious [...]"
from the review of
"Fugue Around The Clock", Gramophone, No. 81,
2003, S. 85
for recorder quartet
This microtonal fugue was commissioned by the world-famous Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet for their CD Release Fugue Around The Clock that was produced by Channel Classics [CCS 19498] in 2002.
path follows the
harmonic hierarchy of natural degrees of dissonance
and achieves something comparable to 11-limit harmony
through 24-note temperament.
The title means “escape” (hence, “fugue”) in Persian. The certainly ironic gesture of the soggetto refers to a tale from the second book of Herodotus' Histories. It is said that, in the 6th century BC, an army sent by king Kambyses against the oasis of Siwa (Lybian Desert) got lost in the Great Sand Sea and was overthrown by a sand storm.