for double wind instruments quintet
(2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bn, 2 hn)
degree of difficulty: medium
duration: approx. 9'
year of composition: 1976
First performance: Utrecht, Gaudeamus, 9.3.21976 - I Dieci Fiati Italiani, dir. S. Gorli
Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, Milano
(the parts can be hired out)
recording on 33 disk of Rusty Record
WORK REGISTERED AT SIAE (Italian Authors and Publishers Association)
Aléna arises from a Pythagorical concentration on harmonic and melodic intervals. Such a concentration is expressed in a discrimination between 'odd' and 'even' intervals. For 'odd' intervals we may obtain a 'centre'. If we divide an interval of 25 chromatically adjacent notes by 2, we obtain two intervals of 12 chromatic notes apiece, plus a note which is collocated in the centre of the original odd interval. 1-12, 13, 14-25. The harmonic and melodic intervals for the entire piece are read in the same way as the above example and subjected to a similar treatment, as are the intervals of duration.
Aléna has a fairy-tale-like sonority. The listener, with the full consent of the composer, can turn their back on the slightest act of computation, and simply let the astonished aura of the piece wash over them.