LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP DOLLY SHOT HIGHWAY
Comissioned by Amsterdam Sinfonietta with financial support from the FPK.
Premiere May 16 2009 at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
1. LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP DOLLY SHOT HIGHWAY 7:00
2. LES ROUTES DE NUIT: adagio 5:00
3. LES ROUTES DE NUITS: allegro, presto 3:00
The title comes from the movie world. A dolly shot is a segment in which the camera is mounted on a car or a wheeled platform that is pushed on rails while the picture is being taken. In this case a dolly shot from a fast driving car on the highway.
In this composition I quote myself: The grooving first movement made me think of rotating wheels - hence the title - but the musical material was derived from Grab it!, for tenorsax and soundtrack from 1999. Leitmotif for Grab it! were the verbal assaults from life sentenced delinquents in an American prison. The melodic and rhythmical structures of their speech was translated into a musical score.
The middle section, an adagio, is a different quote: a chord sequence from my Soupirs de Rameau for harpsichord and soundtrack from 1994. The chord progression itself comes from Les Soupirs by the French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. The adagio and the fast third movement together build Les Routes de Nuit, which is a quotation from the Louis XIV, about the danger of traveling by night in 17th century France: ' Les routes de nuit sont si peu sûres.'
LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP DOLLY SHOT HIGHWAY is a nightly journey into the unknown under indefinable skies. Gradually, the adagio turns into a grooving finale, based on the same chords. 'En schetterende wegen, nergens heen’: ‘And blaring roads, going nowhere’, once wrote the Dutch poet Lucebert, and I had to think of this while composing. Music like a road movie, restless, ominous sometimes, on the run, but for what and why and where to? The music seems to be asking for a 4th movement, but already I am elsewhere...