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La Folia. Seven Days, or Tetragrammaton Variations

by Alexander Manotskov

La Folia 18:56


The two pieces featured in this release were recorded in concert at Moscow International House of Music in February 2017. Seven Days, written specially for this concert, is dedicated to Alexander Rudin, one of my favourite contemporary musicians. It is, in a way, an instrumental theatre piece: conductor/cellist, a benevolent godlike figure, creates a universe built on a Tetragrammaton of the four open-string cello notes.

La Folia was composed using the temporal tonality technique : every modulation on the pitch level is caused by a proportional alteration of the duration of the ostinato harmonic progression. Or, in other terms, every contraction or prolongation of metre in the progression and/or change of “speed” (notated with unchanged beat value throughout the piece) both result in a proportional change of pitch. The final choral texture is no exception : it is La Folia harmony constantly transfigured temporally, and, hence, pitch-wise. 

Alexander Manotskov


released March 22, 2019

Musica Viva Moscow Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director and Principal Conductor: Alexander Rudin

Alexander Rudin
conductor, solo cello [2]


Elena Korzhenevich: violin [1, 2]
Lyubov Zhigunova: violin [1]
Leonid Kazakov: viola [1, 2]
Andrey Kolomoyets: viola [1]
Olga Kalinova: cello [1]
Emin Martirosyan: cello [1]

Composed by: Alexander Manotskov

Recorded by: Ruslan Zaipold, Moscow International House of Music, February 6, 2018
Mixed, mastered by: Ruslan Zaipold


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