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Preface by the composer
This work was commissioned by the festival of contemporary music within the scope of a so-called “Medical project”. Works of different composers dedicated to this topic have been performed there.
Without thinking long, I came up with the idea for the composition “Flickering arrhythmia”. It refers to the awful illness ciliary (flickering) arrhythmia, or atrial fibrillation, which my father had to deal with for a large part of his life and which therefore was well known to me… Unfortunately, in 2015 he passed away, and now I consider this piece to be a sort of sound-recording of my father’s heartbeat, a representation of his fight with his suffering…
Occasionally there is such a thing when “a heart beats like a wing of a bird”, or “an autumnal leaf trembles”, or “sometimes it beats, sometimes it freezes”… In the language of medicine this is all called heart arrhythmia. The heartbeat becomes irregular, wrong … There are many variations of this illness, but the most common is called ciliary or flickering arrhythmia.
“Arrhythmicality, rhythmic disturbances…” — this is one of the most important tricks of the trade for the organization of musical material in this piece. In this work a deliberate refusal of regularly repeated figurations occurs, and also here asymmetry is consciously selected for time and space.
On the front cover of this edition we used the compilation of original cardiograms of the flickering arrhythmia of Eduard Drukh. In 2005 the premiere of the work “Flickering arrhythmia” took place in the Chamber Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society. The first performers were wonderful soloists of the “Musica Da Camera” ensemble Pavel Eliashevich (Piano) and Maria Lapina (Flute).