Melting, Vaporizing: Condensation Sublimation
3 Coincident Sounding Phase Transitions for Violoncello and Cimbalom
The structure of this piece revolves around a sonic representation of overlapping physical phase transitions. The first movement involves a move from solid to liquid. The second movement both reverses this transition in the Cimbalom with a move back to solid while the cello transforms from liquid into a gas. The last movement completes the cycle of liquid – gas – liquid in the cello while simultaneously continuing a new cycle begun in the second movement of gas – solid – gas. The pitch materials rely heavily on the cello’s open strings and how they relate to both the extreme and midpoint pitches on each bridge of the Cimbalom.
- Solid — Liquid (Melting) Liquid — [Solid] (Freezing)
- [Liquid] — Gas (Evaporation) Gas — [Liquid] (Condensation)
- [Gas] — Solid (Deposition) Solid — Gas (Sublimation)
Ludovico Ensemble (Eliza Jacques, Violoncello; Nick Tolle, Cimbalom)