Beat (1997)

for 'cello, piano, clarinet
By Jukka Tiensuu
Finnish
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:
“A gentleman brought music to his lady's window, who hated him,...and when he persisted, she threw stones at him. Whereupon a friend of his that was within his company, said to him; "What greater honour can you have to your music, than that stones come about you, as they did to Orpheus."”
--Francis Bacon