GURĘZ 

 

 

 

"[...] 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

 

(2002)

for recorder quartet

5 minutes 

sample

(from Amazon)

 

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.

The modulational 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.

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