René Mense




Fragment for Piano (1999)

  While I was composing Fragment as a piano piece, I had already orchestrated it in my head, with the intention of adapting the work for large orchestra. In the orchestrated form, the work has in fact become the middle section of my orchestra piece Gebilde - Gegenbild. Because it is actually part of a larger unity, I called it Fragment.

  But the short, splintered musical figures are also fragmentary: in the course of the orchestral layout of the piano movement these have been broadly distributed over the keyboard. In contrast to this, I composed a kind of "infinite melody" and chord progressions, whereby the latter, with their quiet fundamental tempo, have the effect of slowing the piece down.

Sheet Music Sample (PDF) as Audio Sample (MP3) 4.5 MB

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