WATER, element sine qua non of the life, was also since ancient civilizations a source of physical, visual and auditive pleasure. As well in the ancient East as in Rome, baths, fountains, pools, impluvium, were elements of richness and moral and physical comfort. The gardens of the Renaissance were decorated with extremely astute water works, monumental fountainsand grottos where water circulated in thousand ways defying all the imagination, and by which the princes and their visitors delighted. In Far East, in China in particular under the dynasty of Ming the gardens were organized around stretches of water, sources of serenity and places of profound meditation. These surfaces or courses of water reinforced also ambient moisture thus supporting luxuriant vegetation.
A little later, during the Great century in the West, in Europe, the royal castles and those of notables embellished by the water stretches, fountains, pools and water jets. A practice spread in all Europe. The thermal cities counted among the principal destinations of the travellers for centuries until our days.
But concurrently to this so to speak tamed water, there are also, seas and oceans, lakes and ponds, river and falls. Sometimes they are peaceful, often difficult, and especially unforeseeable, changing. Water is some times an ocean isolating such island or even a continent; some times a river separating two regions, two nations, two countries. Or it is an element of defence circumventing the castles of ancient times, crossed only by one drawbridge. However these seas and rivers are also routes transportation which one cannot do without.
Water decides our lives of the every day, with all kinds of atmospheric phenomena related to its natural cycle: clouds and rains, storms and fogs, winds and waves…
Finally water is some times the first name of a woman… (Turkey, Vietnam)
This water is sung in the music for a very long time: from G. F. Handel to Vaughan Williams, by Respighi, Ravel, Debussy and others… Many composers are inspired by it. But that should not prevent the young composers from always drawing there new prospects, inspiration and illuminations. All the more in addition to its inherent characteristics and aesthetics, water is nowadays, a major ecological stake.
By proposing this theme of WATER, International Ankara Music Festival, (SCA Music Foundation) would like that one leans with new forms of expression on this vital element. As regards the form and duration of work to be commissioned one could propose a work from 8 to 12 minutes, for a small formation. (A wind quintet: flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon)
Instrument specifications for wind quintet:
- Flute (only the standard concert flute in C; no other instruments from the flute family
- Oboe (no other instruments from the oboe family like cor anglais, oboe d’amore etc.)
- Horn (double horn)
- Clarinet (only the clarinet in Bb or in A; no other instruments from the clarinet family)
- Bassoon (no double bassoon as well as other instruments from the bassoon family)
- No electronics or amplification