Retinal Etchings I

CFAMC Listening Page #80

First issued June 13, 2011

A monthly musical offering by a composer member of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers.
Both your listening and comments are encouraged.

Krisztina Megyeri

Retinal Etchings I

Performed by
Elmar Schrammel and
Sven Thomas Kiebler,

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Program Notes

This short piece for two pianos, Retinal Etchings I, was written for the 20th Anniversary Concert of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Germany, where I was a resident composer in 2007. This piece is part of a larger set of pieces. In each one, contemporary composers were to use the Tristan-chord as part of their composition, with the duration of the piece to be 2 to 3 minutes. The premiere was in July 2010 in the Stuttgarter Staatsoper, recorded and broadcast later by the SWR radio. Retinal Etchings will be a cycle with different instruments. I already have two pieces with this title.

About the main idea: Retinal movements are movements of the eye that is a model for this piece. The word etching comes from the visual arts: a kind of engraved picture. When we’re looking at something, our eyes makes many quick saccadic movements to decrypt an image, which is represented by the pianos as distances, movements and echoes, resonances. The second part of the piece is a euphonic reminiscence. The Tristan-chord is used here as pitch-material, together with other sounds.

Let me conclude with this symbolic phrase:
“We look with moving eyes, we see with resting eyes.” (Kardos, 1970).

Composer’s Statement of Faith

I am Krisztina Megyeri. I believe in God, in Jesus Christ, my savior, redeemer, and protector. I believe that God is caring for me since before I was born, and He’s showed signs of his fatherly care during my entire life. I want to be a conscientious child of God, who follows His path, the only one which leads to happiness, realization, service to Him and to others.

Psalm 63, 5-9:

Ezért téged áldalak, amíg élek,
nevedet imádva emelem föl kezem.
Mintha zsíros falatokkal laktam volna jól,
úgy ujjong az ajkam,
és dicsér a szám.
Fekv helyemen is rád gondolok,
minden rváltáskor rólad elmélkedem.
Mert te voltál segítségem,
szárnyad árnyékában ujjongok.
Ragaszkodik hozzád lelkem,
jobboddal támogatsz engem.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness;
and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
When I remember thee upon my bed,
and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Because thou hast been my help,
therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
My soul followeth hard after thee:
thy right hand upholdeth me.
But those that seek my soul,
to destroy it,
shall go into the lower parts of the earth.

Composer Biography

Krisztina Megyeri was born in 1974 in Budapest. She studied piano and composition at Béla Bartók Conservatory, instrumental and electroacoustic composition at Franz Liszt Music Academy where she graduated in 2004. From 1999 she studied at the CNSM de Lyon and later completed her studies in Paris.

She received various prizes and scholarships: the UNESCO-Aschberg Fellowship, State Fellowships of France and of Hungary, Fondation Natexis and Eötvös Fellowship and Kodály Creative Art Fellowships, 1stand 3rd prize of István Vántus Composers Contest, 2nd prize of Zoltán Kodály Composers Competition, IRCAM composer's course. She was a fellow of Akademie Schloss Solitude (2006-07), invited artist of Künstlerhaus Ahrenshoop (2008), Aldeburgh Artist Residencies (2009), Bridgeguard Residency (Slovakia), and Djerassi Artist Program (2011) in California.

Her music has been commissioned and performed widely in Europe and abroad by the Théâtre du Châtelet,Fondation Royaumont, Orchestre National de Lorraine, Hungarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Hungarian Radio Choir, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble SIC, Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, Ensemble Intermoduláció, Peter Eötvös, János Négyesy... recorded by the Hungarian, Finnish Radio, Radio France, HUNGAROTON etc. Since 2009 she has been a lecturer of University of Pécs in Analysis, Side Reading, and teaches as Piano accompanist-coach. Krisztina is preparing a DLA (PhD equivalent) in Composition.

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