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Pasaje (2016)

Tenor saxophone & electronics. Poem by Pilar Martín Gila.



Instrumentation: tenor sax | electronics [2 chn.]
Date: 2016
Duration: 6'40"
Texts: Poetic text by Pilar Martín Gila.
Commission: HARIA Project.
World premiere: COMA'14 Festival, Madrid, 12/04/2014.
SIGMA Project saxophone quartet, Marta Azparren (staging).
Other performances: Contemporary Music Experimental Cycle ClasiJazz Almería, 08/12/2016. David Hernando Vítores (tenor sx.).
Experience Malaga, Espacio Vacío, 09/12/2016. David Hernando Vítores (tenor sx.).
Málaga Interactive Museum of Music, 02/25/2017. David Hernando Vítores (tenor sx.).
NAK Festival 2017, Civivox Condestable, Pamplona, 21/09/2017. David Hernando Vítores (tenor sx.).
Manuel de Falla Concert Hall SGAE, 11/10/2017. David Hernando Vítores (tenor sx.).
Municipal School of Music of Valladolid, 5/15/2018. David Hernando Vítores (tenor sx.).
Auditorium of the University of Alcalá de Henares, 5/26/2018. David Hernando Vítores (tenor sx.).
Score: Babel Scores
ISMN: 979-0-2325-2992-9
Recording: HARIA Project.
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Comment: The Jewish world is the starting point of the work, albeit from a somewhat peculiar perspective: the initial idea comes from the Jewish-German philosopher Walter Benjamin and his philosophical interpretation of history (The Angel of History) inspired by the drawing by Paul Klee entitled Angelus Novus. Benjamin’s philosophical theory also has a point of anchoring in Jewish tradition through a legend of the Talmud, "The new angel". The poem by Pilar Martín Gila that appears in the musical work is equally suggested by Klee’s drawing and Benjamin’s interpretation, and it is this poem that drives the poetic discourse of the piece.

Benjamin died in Porbou (it is not known if he committed suicide or was killed by the Gestapo), when he tried to flee to the US from Nazi persecution and was detained in this Catalan border town. Somehow, this journey cut short by death is also a metaphor for his theory of history: the impossibility of moving away from the past, symbolized by his final paralysis in the old place (Spain) as he headed towards the new world (USA), symbol of progress.

From the point of view of the musical material, although in a subterranean way, scarcely perceptible in the listening of the piece, there is a kind of weaving together of references to certain forms of Hebrew song, including Sephardic.

Pasaje was commissioned for the HARIA record project, an initiative of the saxophonist David Hernando Vítores, who debuted the work at the Museo Sefardí de Toledo in December 2016.