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Precious Liquids



Written for ManiFeste Academy IRCAM, supported by a stipend of the Art-Foundation NRW, Germany 



instrumentation: clarinet, violin, viola and violoncello

duration: 6,5'

composed during: 01/29/2017 - 04/08/2017

composed in: Salzburg_Istanbul

dedicated to: Ensemble intercontemporain



  • 12/08/2018_Kalv Festival_Kalv_Sweden_Ensemble Norbotten NEO
  • 01/31/2018_Yapi Kredi Concert Hall_Istanbul_Turkey_Hezarfen Ensemble
  • 07/01/2017_Centre Pompidou_ManiFeste Academy_ Paris_France_Ensemble intercontemporain  

program note:

Precious Liquids refers to the installation of the same name (1992) by French-American Artist Louise Bourgeois, which was on exhibition in 2017 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It is a Cell which includes various artifacts such as a bed and hanging glass in the shape of water drops which stand for the precious liquids of the human body such as blood, urine, tears, sweat, and sperm. I analyzed these liquids in terms of their speed, behavior and phenomenological characteristics: they are an integral part of the piece. Furthermore, the mystical aspect of the artwork influenced Precious Liquids. This is also connected to the Qur’an recitation of sura Luqman (31) which gave the piece its formal structure.