Horus

for trombone and cello

Program note:

A talisman or a sigil is an object intended to bring good luck to its owner. Ancient Egyptian sacred art is considered to be talismanic art because its purpose was mostly to invoke the abstract idea it symbolically represented rather than decoration. In order to define this abstract ideas and link them to the subconscious mind, an alphabet with complex relationships between its symbols was used, usually depicted in the images of mythology but also in a written language as in the case of hieroglyphics, and even expressed by abstract mathematical relationships. These ideas, inspired partially by the English artist Austin Osman Spare and his writings on sigils and automatic drawing are in the basis of the piece, which is an attempt to consciously create a kind of sound talisman. A set of rules create an overall rhythmic grid; a number of points inside the grid are then chosen where the actual sound material is laid. In that way instrumental gestures and shapes are been forced into a predetermined rhythmic space which continually distorts and transforms them.

Horus-sample (Elision ensemble, 2009)

Illustration by A.O. Spare for Arthur Machen’s novel “The Great God Pan”

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