Commissioned by Estonian Music Days Festival
Triin Ruubel, Juta Õunapuu-Mocanita
Solo Instrument(s) and orchestra
2 solo violins, str(126.96.36.199.2)
Stiihia is a state characterized by uninterrupted action of forces; existence of elements of chaos in a system and the freedom that follows. Thematic material of the piece has been derived from such phenomena, initiating from the etymology of the word στοιχεῖον/stoicheion (stiihia as equivalence in composers’ native language), used in ancient philosophy for basic elements. Plato counts up Fire, Water, Air and Earth, Aristotle adds a fifth element – aether, or quintessence. According to Japanese Buddhist tradition, the elements (godai, “five greats”) are Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, and Void – emptiness or heaven.
The piece was commissioned by Estonian Contemporary Music Festival Estonian Music Days for the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Estonian two of the most spectacular violinists − Triin Ruubel-Lilleberg (present concertmaster of Estonian Symphony Orchestra) and Juta Õunapuu -Mocanita (violinist of Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne and member of Cologne Chamber Soloists).
Gavin Dixon, Bachtrack