Beat (1997)

for 'cello, piano, clarinet
By Jukka Tiensuu
The enigma of Tiensuu’s profile is complicated by the fact that he has refused to comment on his music since the early 1980s, writing no program notes and giving no interviews. The title of BEAT (1997) seems to refer to the pulsations or difference tones created when microtones are sounded simultaneously. The instruments strive to find a shared pitch, reveling in the resulting disagreements. Beat was premiered at the 1997 Bergen Festival with the composer at the piano.

-Kyle Bartlett

Other works by Jukka Tiensuu:
“Once when father (George Ives) was asked: 'How can you stand it to hear old John Bell (who was the best stonemason in town) bellow off-key the way he does at camp-meetings?' his answer was: 'Old John is a supreme musician. Look into his face and hear the music of the ages. Don't pay too much attention to the sounds. If you do, you may miss the music. You won't get a heroic ride to Heaven on pretty little sounds!'”
--Charles Ives