Programme Notes

Sungji Hong - Et Descendit

2015, 8'00

Et descendit for flute, viola and harp was written in 2015 for Sounds Modern Trio. The inspiration for this piece is based on the painting Battesimo di Cristo of Piero della Francesca, the Italian Renaissance master.

The piece is characterized by recurring elements that function as the structural material for the development of the work: the flute’s opening gesture of microtonal glissandi, xylharmonic glissandi on the harp, and viola’s long suspended notes. These elements become a prominent and characteristic feature later in the piece.

This piece was made possible by a grant from Ms Yeonju Kim.

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