La forma dello spazio

Zosha Di Castri
Composition Date: 2010
Duration: 00:08:30
Genre: Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quintets, Woodwind(s), Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Flute
  • 1 x Clarinet
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
  • 1 x Violoncello
Programme Note:
This piece was inspired by the incredible mobile sculptures of Lee Bontecou and Alexander Calder. I wanted to create a composition in which musical gestures appear to be fairly static, yet are permitted a certain flexibility to move freely within a given space. Alluding to the idea of mobiles, La forma dello spazio has the musicians spatialized around the hall in a particular configuration. The piece begins with a solo by the violin, while the other instruments provide resonance, holding certain notes in unison and echoing passages. Gradually the fragments accumulate and are set into orbit around the concert hall. The trajectories are at times fast, bouncing back and forth between performers across the void that separates them, at times, slowly revolving around the audience. The title is borrowed from a short story by Italo Calvino, and translates appropriately to "The Form of Space".

Premiere Information:
2 juillet 2010, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada; Claudia Schaer, violon; Henk Guittart, dir.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 8515 D545for
  • Genre:
  • Mixed Chamber Ensembles (1 to 9 Performers), Quintets, Woodwind(s), Keyboard(s) / Bowed String(s)
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • November 18, 2015
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 partition (xii, 7 p.) ;
    14 Pages
    Height: 36 cm
    Width: 28 cm
    Parts page count: 60
  • Additional Information:
  • Pour violon solo, flûte, clarinette sib, piano, violoncelle.
    La répartition scénique des musiciens est essentielle à l'oeuvre. Bien que l'oeuvre peut être jouée sans chef, mais il est recommandé d'avoir un chef dû à la spacialisation des interprètes.
    Il existe une version de cette oeuvre où une harpe remplace le piano.
    Les parties sont disponibles au CMC Québec.
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.

    Violin is featured as a soloist. The physical arrangement of the performers is essential to the idea of this piece. Can be performed without conductor but because of specialization of the performers, a conductor is recommended.
    Alternate version with Harp instead of piano does exist.
    Parts available at CMC Quebec.

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