Juan Maria Solare - Between Hay and Grass


The flute uses a scale which divides an octave in 19 equal parts. The piano uses a scale which divides an octave in 13 equal parts. The idiom "between hay and grass" has at least two meanings: - Unable to be easily categorize (neither this nor that) - A metaphor for adolescence (neither a child nor an adult) The second meaning "explains" -or rather alludes to- the subdivisions of the scale (13 and 19). The phrase is documented already in 1763 (Johnson Papers 4.246) This piece was composed in Bremen (Germany) from 15 to 17 June 2018. Structure: this piece (which duration is roughly 4:45) has five sections and an arch form (ABCBA): A1: in eights, with metric differences (grouping the same notes 4+4 and 3+3+2) B1: imitations (in part modified) C: ostinati of diferent lenghts (4:3, 7:5 and 3:4) B2: like B1, but transposed, inverted, and with the instruments exchanged A2: like A1, but transposed, inverted, and with the instruments exchanged http://www.JuanMariaSolare

Tuning information:

Flute: Octave divided in 19 tempered steps Piano: Octave divided in 13 tempered steps I don't use scala, sorry. I could never set it up.

Composer bio:

Composer & pianist Juan María Solare (Buenos Aires, 1966), an Argentine living in Germany, is one of those musicians that open scarcely travelled paths. The originality of his music stems from the confluence between post-Piazzollian tango and classical contemporary music. "Art music and light music are not irreconcilable extremes, but poles in a force field", says Solare about his "musical bilingualism". Composition degrees at the IUNA (Instituto Universitario Nacional del Arte), Buenos Aires and at the Hochschule für Musik Köln (with Fritsch, Barlow, Humpert, Kagel). Studied in Stuttgart with Helmut Lachenmann. Regular assistant to the composition courses of Karlheinz Stockhausen in Kürten, Germany. Solare works at the University of Bremen, Germany, and at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen.