Chamber

Elementos (2018)
for piano trio
ca 9′
commissioned by Casa da Música, Portugal
premiered by Trio Adamastor
programme notes

Two Different Pieces (2014)
for violin and piano
ca 7′

To the Muses (2012)
for soprano and piano
Based on the poem by William Blake (1757-1827)

Shapes (2011)
for string quartet
ca 4’30”
Available online at AvA Musical Editions

(kind of) A waltz (2011)
for 4-hand piano
ca 2′

Cradle Song (2011)
for tenor sax. and soprano voice
Based on the poem by William Blake (1757-1827).

Duas Peças para Cinema (2008/2010)
for trio of piano, violin and violoncello
ca 4’30”

Imponderabilidade (2010)
for tenor sax. and piano
Dedicated to Hélder Alves

Alentejo (2009)
para mezzo-soprano, flauta e quarteto de cordas
ca 7’30”
Not premiered yet

Três Formas para Trio de Palhetas (2009)
for oboe, clarinet and bassoon
ca 10′
Disponível online através do CIMP. Por estrear / Not premiered yet.
First page

Cinco Cores (2006)
for wind quintet
ca 8′

Elementos

Elementos (elements) for trio of piano, violin and violoncello, is a set of four short pieces dealing with elementary concepts of music. These try and build an extremely focused, simple and direct musical discourse.

On the first movement, melody is the central element that permeates all three instruments. It is the momentary creator of harmony, but also what suggests other musical elements such as the diatonic scale or the triadic chord.

On the second movement, the ostinato and its gradual transformations are what underlie the discourse.

The third movement is centred on pulse, a basilar and fundamental element of music. The pulse is taken not as something implicit, but as a raw material for musical construction. In very subtle ways the sense of metre arises and fades out.

The fourth movement deals with harmonic sonority in a very elementary way as a set of chords are united by simple melodic segments.