Recorder, Viola da gamba (or Cello), Harpsichord, Tape
Duration 14 min.
Dedicated to Baroque Ensemble Cornucopia. Commissioned with funds from Teosto.
First performance on November 2, 2015, in Helsinki, Finland by the Baroque Ensemble Cornucopia: Pekka Silén, recorder, Louna Hosia, viola da gamba, Marianna Henriksson, harpsichord and Jaakko Kulomaa, electronics
The cornucopia, a spiral horn overflowing with fruits, was a famous symbol of abundance and prosperity in classical antiquity. Accordingly, in this work, continuous symmetrical sequences endlessly generate more and more musical material. Each player also operates an individual electronic system, which works as an extension of their instruments: it seems like the instruments exuberantly burst out sounds. At the end of the work, the cornucopia keeps producing its delicacies as the sequence gets stuck and repeats itself seemingly endlessly. TR, 2015