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Textile - Justė Janulytė

“I saw how that over hasty efflorescence seeped out from the shimmering of the air, from the fermentation of the over-rich atmosphere, and materialized—the overspill and disintegration of the fantastic oleanders that had filled the room with their fine, languid snowstorm of great, pink floral sprays...” (Bruno Schulz, The Cinnamon Shops).

Textile (2006–2008) for orchestra is a single gesture, one metamorphosis of register, timbre, and dynamics. There are no sound attacks used in the score; the only gesture that also reflects the macroform of the work is the sound emerging and submerging into silence. The layers of dense texture are based on this gesture, thus evoking an image of underwater pulsations. Even though Textile is written for different instruments, the author, who usually writes for the ensemble of the same timbres, is trying to achieve the “monochrome” aesthetics of the sound.

The work was premiered at the Venice Biennale in 2008 by the La Fenice Opera House orchestra under the baton of Eliahu Inbal.

Justė Janulytė