Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,
composer

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Sagittarius

mixed quintet (2015)

The Sagittarius was commissioned by 2015 Sound Ways Festival in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is in essence variations on Karlheinz Stokhausen's "Sagittarius" from his "Zodiac" ("Tierkreis;" 12 short movements written originally for a music box set 12 zodiac signs), an open-instrumentation work that can be played in any version by any ensemble or soloist.

Program Notes:
The Sagittarius was commissioned by 2015 Sound Ways Festival in Saint
Petersburg, Russia. It is in essence variations on Karlheinz Stokhausen's
"Sagittarius" from his "Zodiac" ("Tierkreis;" 12 short movements written
originally for a music box set 12 zodiac signs), an open-instrumentation work
that can be played in any version by any ensemble or soloist. When I was asked
to write a piece based on Sagittarius, I had an idea to use as a framework for its
form and instrumentation the pattern of alternating meters found in the original
piece (5/4, 6/4, 7/4, 4/4, 3/4, 1/4, 2/4, 8/4). This metric pattern is retained in each
variation (except for the aleatoric one), and the instrumentation/density of chords
in each variation matches the upper number of the meter.
This work can be paired in performance with the original piece by
Stockhausen, to show its direct connection.

Instrumentation
flute/piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Duration
c. 5 minutes
Premiere
2015 Sound Ways Festival
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Performances:

October 23rd, 2016
Sagittarius, mixed quintet (2015) - Brightwork newmusic
This performance is a part of the Brightwork newmusic ensemble "Diffusion / Compression" opening concert of the season. Admission is free.
October 21st, 2016
Sagittarius, mixed quintet (2015) - Periscopio ensemble
US Premiere
March 30th, 2016
Sagittarius, mixed quintet (2015) - Brightwork newmusic
This performance is a part of Synchromy concert series.
World Premiere
November 19th, 2015
Sagittarius, mixed quintet (2015) - Soundways Ensemble
World Premiere of a New Work for 2015 Soundways Festival