Compression – Decompression

– Flutes
– Piano

Compressiom – Decompression

  • 2 Flutes
  • Piano
  • Furioso
  • 4′ 50″
  • Concert, Pedagogy, Competition

Prize: 13,90

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“COMPRESSION – DECOMPRESSION” is a piece for 2 flutes and piano. It picks out as a central theme in clenched magnitude the concepts tension and relaxation first in the physical context:

It makes the concepts tension and relaxation in combined strength a subject of discussion first in the physical context: „Tension is strength inside of an elastic body which works against his forces external by effect resulted form“. (Reference: Duden, German)

The tempo of the composition is very quick (Furioso), the playing technique is virtuoso and wonderfully amusingly. Both offers some technical challenges to all players.

The flute parts use the whole range of the instruments. The playing technique in the piano voice strongly reminds of two pieces of the composer Frédéric Chopin:

  • 1. Etude in A flat-major ’Aeolian Harp’, op.25
  • 12. Etude in c-minor ‚Ocean‘, op. 25

All three voices demonstrate playful and technical experience of the instrumentalists on their instruments. A good interacting is encouraged particularly by rhythmically varying musical phrases.

The terms compression and decompression can logically be transferred from the world of the mechanics to the music. The piece shows tension with different frequency steps in concentrated form:

  • audible frequency: between two or more tone levels (intervals, simultanes and on by one)
  • perceptible frequency: rhythm, meter, syncope, diminution, augmentation, motive-seperation
  • experienced frequency: periods result from the musical form (memory, expectation, comparison)

With the help of easy motives and understandable rhythmical passages it is not hard to tempt the listener from the comfort of his everyday life in the world of the compression  and decompression. Does not the piece “COMPRESSION – DECOMPRESSION” reflect impressively the hurried and short-lived phase of our western oriented society?

The following personal thoughts of Johannes Kobald can be found in the program folder of the world premiere at the 30. International Fajr Music festival-Tehran, Iran in 2015:

“In my life, all I can see and feel is oscillation. Each oscillation switches between high and low energy (frequency).
In the physical sense it is, for example, the light and sound vibrations, the rhythm of the heart and the drum. In microcosm, it is the atom and its components, in the macrocosm, it is the solar system and its planets.
Galaxies and the Universe itself seem to relax, decompress. Some scientists even speak of constant expansion and collapse of our universe.
Where does this energy come from?
The physical nature in which we live, think and feel is constantly trying to achieve a tension-free state. Tensing up the human vocal cords, for example, causes higher vibrations, the relaxed whisper causes lower vibrations. For example a hot gas always migrates to a cooler gas.
My questions about live are:
if man is part of nature and has the ability to think about himself, then where does his desire come from to create more in life than just to be? Why exists art, perception, empathy, morality? Nature wants relaxation, balance. Man wants to increase its own power from nature. We learn from nature to use the conscious of energy and rest, tension and relaxation, compression and decompression.

The piece “compression – decompression” gives joy to you. Playing it makes fun an gives joy to the audience too. But it also attracts with great force to the front, to the uncertain future. The song describes my small and big worries, my family, my beautiful and sad moments, my efforts and enjoyments, my sorrow and optimism, my trust and distrust. It describes my search for the force that animates me. It describes my everyday life.”