Genesis I: Elementi op. 19 nr 1
Of the three works in this cycle, Elementi is the only one scored for a homogeneous ensemble of string instruments – violin, viola and cello. Although the basic musical material is defined here by serial principles, the composer admitted that he used the series more as a formal device, whereas the sound phenomena themselves, their sequence and dynamic qualities, were regulated “by ear”, independently of the series.
a definite departure from the pointillist texture, which is replaced here by
tightly knit bands of sound. The musical result, obtained by means of
glissandi, creaks, scratches and vibrations of successive clusters, dazzles
with its intensity and with what we might even call aggressive, pure and
extremely focused sound of the three strings. According to musicologist Adrian Thomas, Elementi leaves an indelible impression and shows that
the composer had reached “the darkest place and deepest roots of his musical
being”, in interview with Beata Bolesławska-Lewandowska for Ruch Muzyczny (2011/3).