Cover created by designer Neol Leung Yick Chuen [2016]

Aqua Ignis

  • for clarinet, violoncello, piano and three metronomes

  • Duration: 5'
  • In 1 movement
  • Composed in 2016
  • ISMN 979-090-16-5426-6
  • Parts: Please email rc@robertcasteels.com, or send a request to Orchard Post Office P.O. Box 714 Singapore 912324
  • Downloadable scores for inspection:
Sound Extracts:
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Tan Tzu Kuang (piano), Stephanie Tan (clarinet) and Liu Yun Bei (cello)
Programme notes:

Aqua Ignis refers to the Latin words meaning water and fire. This composition for clarinet, cello, piano and three metronomes is inspired by the devastating forest firess caused by human overexploitation of our planet's natural resources. The musical material of Aqua Ignis consists of one mode, one chord, one focal pitch, one retrogradable rhythmic cell and clusters.Aqua Ignis consists in a triple metaphor: dense clusters for fire, emerging harmonics for water and the ominous ticking of the metronomes for the urgency of time running out. The stepwise increase of the speed of the metronomes and the performance tempo symbolize the cumulative negative effects of climate change.

Composer, conductor in Singapore with specialty in fusion music

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