The intention of my composition “Space” is to inspire audiences to recognize ‘space’ as an indispensable musical characteristic. In this work, ‘space’ can mean physical space between instruments, audible space between sounds in different registers, and different kinds of tone colors and harmonies. For the most effective performance, it is highly recommended that the players are positioned in such a way that they each occupy their own space comfortably. Ideally, the players should be stationed as far away from each other as possible.
This piece is in the basic form of ABA’. It is made up of eleven sub-sections, each showcasing different conceptions of the same material. In effort to offer a further cohesive nature, every interval and note value in this composition follows a series based on prime numbers. In this piece, the silent spaces between notes are a part of the music.
Sonorities in section A are built around the communicative properties that result from the lingering sounds from different instruments through different directions. As a result, the performers and the audience will feel the physical distance between instruments as well as the space between notes.
In section B, the materials which functioned as communicative properties in section A are developed without as much focus on the sonorities lingering. Once the notes start to be played at the same time in a faster tempo, the relationship the instruments had in section A evolves. The simultaneous chords and clusters eliminate the silence between sonorities and between instruments, and the music starts to be heard as an immersive cloud of sound.
Section A’ is the re-consideration of section A, in which the cloud of sound re-emerges into its original disparate, yet linked state.