Ire

(2012) / 18’

Concerto for Violoncello, Strings and Percussion

Commissioned by Ensemble Resonanz with support from the Ernst von Siemens Foundation for Music & Wiener Konzerthaus

First performed 17 November 2012, St Pauls Hall, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, by Jean Guihen Queyras (vc), Ensemble Resonanz, conducted by Peter Rundel 

EP 12734

ire

anger, wrath, rage

n. b. 1300 (OF ire, yre, ME f. OF f. L ira)

 

“One must not think ill of the paradox, for the paradox is the passion of thought, and the thinker without the paradox is like the lover without passion: a mediocre fellow. But the ultimate potentiation of every passion is always to will its own downfall, and so it is also the ultimate passion of the understanding to will the collision, although in one way or another the collision must become its downfall. This, then, is the ultimate paradox of thought: to want to discover something that thought itself cannot think.”

[Søren Kierkegaard, Philosophical Fragments]